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Clarion County Courthouse

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1883–1885, William Kauffman and Edward M. Butz and Co., with Daniel English, supervising architect; 1947, Tillman Scheeren Jr. 1980, Landmark Design Associates, Ellis Schmidlapp, project architect. 421 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)
  • (William E. Fischer, Jr.)

This, the third Clarion County Courthouse, was the first of a trio of Pennsylvania county courthouses designed by Kauffman and Butz; the others are in Westmoreland ( WE1) and Fayette ( FA1) counties. Here, a straightforward, hipped-roof brick rectangle of three-and-one-half stories is aggrandized by the addition of a 213-foot-high square clock tower with a spire on the south facade. There are small carved stone balconies on each face of the tower surmounted by an iron statue of Justice holding a sword and the scales of justice. Hipped-roof dormers pierce the roofline above three-bay projections on the east and west elevations. Stone foundation and sill and lintel courses unify the brick building. On the interior, a central hall is flanked by offices to the east and west. A double stair at the south entrance leads to the large courtroom on the second story, and a second, smaller courtroom is on the third story.

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Lu Donnelly et al.
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Lu Donnelly et al., "Clarion County Courthouse", [Clarion, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/PA-01-CL1.

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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, 452-452.

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