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Iowa Supreme Court – State Capitol


Iowa Supreme Court – State Capitol


Location:  1007 E Grand Ave / Finkbine Drive

Built:  1871 – 1886

Style:  Renaissance

Architect:  A H Picqueard and John C Cochrane / M E Bell and W F Hackney

Contractor:   R S. Finkbine was the Superintendent of Construction

The building faces west and is a four story granite, limestone, sandstone and concrete Beaux Arts style structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on a hill with spacious landscaped grounds to the east of the center of Des Moines. The Supreme Court formerly occupied the west side of the north corridor on the first floor. Fine wood carvings are part of the outstanding decor. The original ceiling was damaged in the fire of 1904. Fine frescoes of Greek Mythology form a series of four pictures; Justice on her throne; Columbia ( the Union ) reigning with Iowa her special favorite, sitting at her feet; Justice and Peace; and Cere, the Goddess of Agriculture. There is a large elaborately carved mahogany bench specially built for the chamber. The Law Library in the west wing, is one floor above the former Supreme Court.


See:  Iowa Supreme Court / Court of Appeals



Iowa Supreme Court former courtroom – Des Moines



























Photos taken 2008 and 2024