This brick, twin-towered courthouse was constructed after the fire of 1895, which destroyed several blocks of downtown Algiers, including the former Duverje plantation house, which had served as the courthouse since 1869. City engineers Brown and Bell designed this awkwardly proportioned but picturesque courthouse in a round-arched Italianate style; the builder was John McNally. The two-story building’s facade, rather too wide for its height, features square towers at each end, one three stories tall and the other four stories with a clock. The facade and towers have paired, round-arched windows set between shallow pilasters and emphasized by prominent hood moldings. Small-scale brick dentil bands adorn the cornice, and a pediment-shaped parapet tablet marks the facade’s center. The small central portico is supported on doubled Doric columns.
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