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Prowers County Courthouse

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1928, Robert K. Fuller. 301 S. Main St. (NR)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

Combining Neo-Renaissance and Neoclassical elements with Moderne massing, this three-story, rectangular courthouse of Indiana limestone sits on a granite-walled basement. The symmetrical north facade has full-height pavilions projecting from each end with vertical, windowless bays. The smaller upper panels have carved bison and corn motifs, while the central entablature features four bewigged judges. Over centered double doors of bronze with leaded glass panes, the pediment is ornamented with an eagle crowned by a nine-petaled flower and an engraved entablature. Inside are brass chandeliers, ceiling stenciling to echo exterior details, and local cattle brands incised in the friezes. The well-preserved interior retains its terrazzo floors and staircase, brass and wood fixtures, and coffered ceilings. The elaborate courtroom on the third floor has its original dark walnut furnishings and a stenciled, barrel-vaulted ceiling. The Post-modern Prowers County Jail (1992) is on the south end of the courthouse block.

Writing Credits

Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Prowers County Courthouse", [Lamar, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Colorado, Thomas J. Noel. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997, 385-385.

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