Hardin County Courthouse & Eldora Streetscape
August 9th, 2009 saw one of the worst hail storms in recent memory with hurricane-force winds and two-inch hail that caused severe damage to buildings and trees around the Hardin County Courthouse Square. Our firm partnered with Iowa State University Landscape Architecture Extension to lead a design charrette with the Hardin County Board of Supervisors to evaluate existing site features and develop potential landscape renovation alternatives for the site. The final plan grew out of a concept to simplify the plantings and circulation patterns around the building to emphasize and frame views of the beautiful courthouse building. Some shrubs provide foundation plantings while the rest of the site is composed of curved concrete walkways accented with ornamental trees and period lighting. A plaza at the main entrance includes a large granite map of the county framed with clay brick pavers, period benches, and lighting. Our firm was also hired by the City of Eldora to provide design services for complete renovation of the streetscape surrounding Courthouse Square. We were then able to combine the projects to provide continuity throughout, including period lighting and brick panels set in patterned concrete sidewalks.