At the heart of Madison County and the center of Winterset stands our beautiful and much beloved limestone Courthouse. It is a significant building to the development of Winterset and still houses Madison County’s government offices. Many of the commercial buildings surrounding the Courthouse Square are historically intact. A desire to protect, restore and refurbish these historic treasures led to a grass-roots effort to obtain a coveted National Historic Register designation for the entire commercial district.
For information on our 2017-2018 Courthouse Historic Structure Report (HSR) project, click here. The finished Historic Structure Report will provide a comprehensive history of the Madison County Courthouse, a definitive assessment of its current condition, and treatment recommendations for future improvements.
On December 22, 2015, the grand Madison County limestone Courthouse and historically intact commercial buildings surrounding the Square were designated as a National Historic District by the National Park Service. These buildings represent the significant historical development of Winterset and Madison County. A desire to protect, restore and refurbish these historic treasures led to four years of research to create the documentation needed to obtain the coveted National Historic Register designation for the entire commercial district.
The Madison County Historic Preservation Commission would like to thank these organizations/entities for their support in making the Winterset Courthouse Historic District project a success:
Allen Family Private Photograph Collection
City of Winterset
Madison County Civil War 150 Committee
Madison County Supervisors
Madison County Historical Society
Madison County Genealogical Society
Madison County Antique Association
National Park Service
State Historic Preservation Office
The Winterset Madisonian
Winterset Public Library