Freeborn County Courthouse

Albert Lea Historical Downtown Walking Tour

Freeborn County Courthouse

Albert Lea, Minnesota 56007, United States

Created By: Freeborn County Historical Museum


Freeborn County Courthouse, 411 South Broadway

Built in 1887, the Court House is "a highly original essay in Richardsonian Romanesque, especially in the great tower and the sculpture of four "dogs of the Nile" ready to leap from the building". The "dogs" refer to the dog faces sculpted into the building's exterior face outward in all four directions. (A Guide to the Architecture of Minnesota, Gebhard and Martinson)

On the front of the historical portion of the 1887 Freeborn County Courthouse facing South Broadway Avenue are two stone faces. Just who this man and woman are supposed to be is still a local mystery.

This point of interest is part of the tour: Albert Lea Historical Downtown Walking Tour


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