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Clinton County Courthouse

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1869, Samuel Sloan and Addison Hutton; 1936, Russell J. Howard. Water and Jay sts.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

Samuel Sloan (1815–1884) began his architectural career in 1849 in eastern Pennsylvania. His fame grew with the publication of his pattern books, and by 1854, two buildings in Lock Haven—the Levi A. Mackey house ( CN6) and Fallon House Hotel ( CN7)—were heavily influenced by his designs. A sojourn in Europe gave Sloan's designs a Beaux-Arts flavor. In 1864, he formed a partnership with Addison Hutton and won the Clinton County Courthouse commission. This courthouse is the second of a trio of almost identical buildings designed by Sloan and Hutton. The courthouse in Lycoming County completed in 1860 (demolished) was the earliest, followed closely by Clinton's and Venango's courthouses ( VE1), which were built simultaneously.

The most impressive features of Clinton's brick and stone courthouse are its two domed towers of different heights on each side of the pedimented facade. Elaborate dormer windows originally in the towers' domes have been removed. The tall and narrow round-arched windows on the facade and the side walls give a distinct vertical emphasis to the courthouse. The first story of smoothly cut Farrandsville stone is outlined by a stringcourse of cut stone, above which the walls are of buff brick. The entrance features three doors set in segmental-arched openings reached by a short flight of stairs.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Clinton County Courthouse", [Lock Haven, 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, 429-430.

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