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Courthouses: Rock County Courthouse and Jail

Location: 204 E. Brown, Luverne, Rock County
Built: 1887-90
Architect: T. D. Allen
Listed on NRHP: April 18, 1977

The Rock County Courthouse owes its massive scale to its Richardsonian Romanesque style, popular in late 19th-century America for churches, railway stations and other public buildings. Inspired by architect Henry Hobson Richardson, this style is characterized by deep entrance arches, groupings of windows and various types and textures of masonry. Constructed of local materials – red Sioux quartzite from Pipestone and buff Kasota stone – the Rock County Courthouse features a corner tower that serves as the building's main entrance and as a base for a gazebo-like observation deck with conical roof.

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