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Forest County Courthouse

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1868–1869, Keene Vaughn. 526 Elm St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

This simple brick courthouse has a domestic scale and presence despite being perched on a terrace above Tionesta's main street. Though the central tower has been removed, the building's surviving features are Italianate, including paired round-arched windows on the first story and segmental-arched windows on the upper, a Palladian window in the center of the front and rear elevations, and paired brackets throughout. The projecting entrance is framed by brick pilasters and has a fanlight in the center gable.

The adjacent, former jail (1895; 528 Elm Street) resembles a large Queen Anne house. Constructed of red brick, it has a hipped roof dominated by a large gable on the front and a matching dormer. Bracketed eaves line all sides of the building. Today it is the courthouse annex.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Forest County Courthouse", [Tionesta, 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, 446-446.

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