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Garmoe Building

September 9, 2013
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The Garmoe Building was built in 1896 by Issac Garmoe and now is home of the Fort Dodge Cheesecake Lady.

"Doyle's Wall" is the oldest structure in existence in Fort Dodge and was built in 1857. In its early years it was the post office a physicians office, a drug store and the first court was said to have met here.

In 1902 the Courthouse was completed and became the cornerstone of Central Avenue Milwaukee's premier architect Henry C Koch. Koch designed it in the Beaux Arts style which characterized the 1893 Chicago World's Fair.

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The Masonic Temple and now home to Beacon of Hope was completed in 1915 and was considered the finest Masonic structure in the state It was built in neo-classical style with ionic columns, portico and pediment. It is the best use of terra cotta in the city.

Wahkonsa was built in 1904. It was designed by the architectural firm of Liebbe Nourse and Rasmussen. It was the city's first really modern hotel and was considered to be one of the finest in Iowa.

The Beh Building was completed in 1907. It was the first "skyscraper" in Fort Dodge (5 or more stories). It served not only as a bank for most of its history but also as an office building for doctors, lawyers and other professionals.

 
 

 

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