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Serene, almost impudent it stands there: The Woodbury County Courthouse Case Study
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Join us in Sioux City for a Professional Development Learning Opportunity and a Celebration of the 100th Year of the Woodbury Courthouse

When: 05/09/2018
1:00 PM
Where: Woodbury Courthouse
620 Douglas Street
Sioux City, Iowa  51101
United States
Contact: Amy Spike

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Seminar Description:

In this presentation, Pete Franks, AIA will review the intriguing history of the Courthouse’s design, including the roles and contributions of Executive Architect William Steele, and the associated Architects Purcell & Elmslie, with emphasis on George Grant Elmslie who is widely regarded as the building’s primary planner and designer. The presentation will also include an overview of the exterior assessment process conducted during 2017. The presentation will cover the assessment’s major findings as well as the recommended treatments in response to the physical needs identified.

In the second portion, Sara Andres an architectural historian with the Iowa State Historic Preservation Office, will use the Woodbury County Court House as a starting point, and explore the intersection of the National Register criteria and the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Finally the course will end with a tour of the courthouse and its intricacies

Learning Objectives

1. Summarize the history and significance of the Woodbury County Courthouse in the context of the Midwest Progressive Movement of the 19-teens and, more broadly, early 20th Century American Architectural History.

2. Identify the primary exterior building systems and components used in the construction of the Woodbury County Courthouse and the effects of 100 years of existence and continued use on these systems and components.

3. Understand the differences between the various National Register criteria and how to evaluate integrity as related to the criteria.

4. Participants will find out how the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation are related to the overall significance of an historic building.

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AIA Continuing Education

By attending this AIA Iowa Professional Development Seminar, AIA members will earn 3 HSW AIA CES LUs. AIA Iowa is an AIA CES Approved Provider (#A023) with The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System. Credit earned on completion of this program will be reported to AIA CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion are available upon request.


Architectural Experience Program and AIA Continuing Education

Interns may earn AXP Supplemental Experience hours by completing approved AIA Continuing Education programs – one AIA CEU/LU is equal to one AXP experience hour. When submitting to NCARB, Learning Units (LUs) must be documented on the intern’s AIA transcript. Any intern in AXP can request a free AIA Transcript by visiting the AIA website

Post Seminar Happy Hour
The North West Iowa Section will host a happy hour social at the Bodega (across from the Hard Rock) after the seminar. Appetizers and drinks will be provided! We will have the outdoor lower level patio. Join the group for a drink after a day of learning!

Questions? Call AIA Iowa at 515.244.7502 Due to planning logistics, no refunds can be given after registration is completed. 

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