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Cambria County Courthouse

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1880–1882, Milton Earl Beebe; 1913–1924 additions, James Riely Gordon. 200 S. Center St.

The Cambria courthouse is one of six courthouses Milton Earl Beebe (1840–1922) of Buffalo designed in Pennsylvania and New York. Its French Renaissance Revival appearance with the stone quoins and a slate mansard roof echoes the Warren County Courthouse ( WA1) that Beebe designed five years earlier. Both courthouses have similar stonework surrounding their main entrances and had similar cupolas, although Cambria's was removed soon after construction. In 1913, James Riely Gordon (1863–1937), educated in San Antonio but with a national practice out of New York City, was engaged to enlarge the building. He had designed nearly seventy courthouses and government buildings around the country. Work was delayed until 1916 due to World War I. The additions are curved hyphens attached to rectangular wings at the north and south, and a balcony level within the original courtroom that greatly increased its seating capacity. The main lobby of the building was enhanced by a three-story domed stained glass rotunda in the space originally occupied by Beebe's failed cupola. Murals funded by the Works Progress Administration adorn the walls.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Cambria County Courthouse", [Ebensburg, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 1

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Pittsburgh and Western Pennsylvania, Lu Donnelly, H. David Brumble IV, and Franklin Toker. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2010, 302-303.

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