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303 IRON ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society

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Architecture and History Inventory
303 IRON ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
Historic Name:Iron County Courthouse
Other Name:Former Iron County Courthouse
Reference Number:18672
Location (Address):303 IRON ST
Unincorporated Community:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
Year Built:1893
Survey Date:1975
Historic Use:courthouse
Architectural Style:Queen Anne
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brick
Architect:L.H. RUGGLES
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished Date:
National/State Register Listing Name: Old Iron County Courthouse
National Register Listing Date:7/26/1977
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989
National Register Multiple Property Name:
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the State Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation. HIGH FIELDSTONE FOUNDATION. 5 STORY CNR CLOCK TOWER W/CRENELLATED CNR TURRETS & PYRAMIDAL ROOF. 3 STORY CNR TOWER W/DOMED ROOF OVER ROUND ARCH ARCADE. TOWERS W/RUSTICATED STONE 1ST FLRS. SEGMENTAL ARCH WINDOWS W/BRICK LINTELS W/STONE KEYSTONES.

This somber county courthouse originally was to serve the Town of Vaughn as its civil offices, jail, fire station, and library. It would have become one of Wisconsin’s most impressive town halls. But before construction was complete, officials of the newly created Iron County arranged to use most of the building. The need for a town hall became moot, in any event, when Hurley incorporated as a city in 1918. Nonetheless, from its beginnings, the building, with its courtrooms and its county officials, represented law and order in a rough-and-tumble town, where miners and lumberjacks congregated to drink and carouse at the end of a week of hard work.

Ruggles designed an attractive two-and-one-half-story Romanesque Revival structure. Red brick walls contrast with the Lake Superior brownstone trim. Three pavilions separated by two recessed bays compose the main facade. The focal point is a castle-like clock tower at one corner, five-stories tall, crowned by an arched belfry with crenelated bartizans. A gabled pavilion with a semicircular fanlight connects this tower to a smaller domed entry tower.

Covenant/Easement: From 9/19/1993 to 9/19/1998. A 'covenant file' exists for this property. It may contain additional information such as photos, drawings and correspondence. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, State Historic Preservation Office.
Bibliographic References:IRONWOOD DAILY GLOBE 6/29/1996. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript.
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, State Historic Preservation Office, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

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