Former Wheeler County Courthouse

Former Wheeler County Courthouse
Location Main St. between 2nd and 3rd Sts., Bartlett, Nebraska
Coordinates 41°53′03″N 98°33′06″W / 41.884167°N 98.551667°W / 41.884167; -98.551667Coordinates: 41°53′03″N 98°33′06″W / 41.884167°N 98.551667°W / 41.884167; -98.551667
Area 1.5 acres (0.61 ha)
Built 1918
Architect Sidney H. Foster
Architectural style Mission/Spanish Revival
MPS County Courthouses of Nebraska MPS
NRHP reference # 89002215[1]
Added to NRHP January 10, 1990

The Former Wheeler County Courthouse in Bartlett, Nebraska was built in 1918. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

It has elements of Mission Revival style, and was in fact the only known courthouse in Nebraska of that style. It has a hipped roof with a broad overhang, which was originally of red tiles. Other elements of Mission Revival style include the building's "massing, materials, simplicity of form, broad eaves, and long slender pairs of brackets. The brackets adorn pilasters at the corners and also the entrance." Another feature is a Palladian window over the front entrance.[2]

The former district courtroom is on the second floor.[2]

In 1989, the former courthouse was in use as a museum by the Wheeler County Historical Society "to commemorate county government and pioneer life in Wheeler County." The present courthouse of Wheeler County was built adjacent.[2]


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