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Floyd County

Floyd County is named for Charles Floyd, who was a sergeant in the Lewis and Clark Expedition and who died in Sioux City in 1804.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mitchell County

E – Chickasaw County

S – Butler County

W – Cerro Gordo County


Created:  January 15, 1851                    Map of Iowa highlighting Floyd County

County Seat:

Charles City  1856 – present


County Courthouse – Charles City


Location:  101 South Main Street / Gilbert Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Moderne and Art Deco

Architect:  Hansen and Waggoner of Mason City

Contractor:  James Thompson and Son of Ames


Description: The building faces southeast and is a four story buff colored brick, Bedford stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Charles City. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Charles City. The central section of the building projects and has vertical bands of brick separate the windows. The entrance is framed with polished red colored granite which also runs along the base. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the front entrance vestibule has a terrazzo floor composed of black, rose and gray rock pieces laid in large squares with brass dividers. The walls are clad in polished gray marble from the floor to ceiling with fluted pilasters setting off commemorative inscriptions. The central staircase is located just inside the rear entrance opposite the front entrance corridor. The staircase features a central, double-wide run leading up to a wide landing between flights with return runs along the walls leading from the main landing to the second story. The large County District Court courtroom is located along the east side of the third story. The walls are covered in walnut paneling from floor to ceiling with bronze spacers to delineate important vertical breaks. A wide cornice made of several wide bands and molding styles rings the perimeter of the room. Metal grills in the County District Court courtroom are in two styles. Large square grills with a geometric pattern flank the rear alcove. Narrow horizontal grills applied over recessed radiators beneath each of the windows match the grills installed in the front vestibule and on the main staircase landings. There is a small courtroom located at the northwest corner of the third story and a small courtroom on the south side of the fourth story.. The building houses the County District Court of the 1B Judicial District. 


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Floyd County Courthouse


See:  The 2A Judicial District includes Bremer County, Butler County, Cerro Gordo County, Franklin CountyHancock CountyMitchell CountyWinnebago County and Worth County.


History:  The county was created in 1851 and Charles City ( St Charles ) was selected as the county seat in 1854. The county officers met at private homes until the first courthouse was built in 1861 at a cost of $18,000. The building was destroyed by fire in 1881. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by A L Collins and built by Milo Gilbert in 1881 at a cost of $17,000. An addition was constructed by Potter & Marks in 1905. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1941 at a cost of $240,000.



County Courthouse – Charles City























County District Court courtroom













County District Court small courtroom







County District Court small courtroom











Photos taken 2008 and 2023