May 5, 2010

Webster County Courthouse

From 1983 to today, HAILA Architecture | Structure | Planning has had a hand in many renovation and preservation projects for the historic Webster County Courthouse, located in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

Registered on the National Register of Historic Places since 1981, the 1902 Beaux-Arts Classical Revival Courthouse has had many projects completed over the years incuding complete window replacement, stone masonry cleaning, electrical and mechanical service modernization, and interior renovations. Major interior renovations include the atrium stair case, court rooms, staff offices, and restroom renovations.

One of the greatest challenges for this building was finding local contractors skilled in traditional or historic methods of construction. For example, the plaster crown moldings that ring the interior atrium, critical to the architectural integrity of the space, were restored by a plaster artisan with a technique similar to piping ornate cake frosting details. The end result is an architectural gem, bringing great civic pride to the city and county.

November 12, 2009

Ericson Public Library


  • Growing library collection and children’s department required doubling the program space
  • Required complete interior and exterior renovation
  • Building listed on National Registry of Historic Places and owner desired to maintain the historical integrity of the building


  • Matching the architecture of the existing building
  • Original structure not adequate to support library floor loads


  • Three-story addition of similar geometry and footprint
  • Architectural details and materials were replicated