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1868–1869, James W. Drum; 1927 alterations, Emmet E. Bailey. 200 Main St.
  • Courthouse (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • Courthouse (Richard W. Longstreth)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)
  • (William E. Fischer Jr.)

Brookville's courthouse cupola and tower made a nostalgic nod to Independence Hall as the nation's centennial drew near. Drum's pedimented entrance pavilion recalls the Greek Revival style seen most often in western Pennsylvania's northern counties and specifically at the Greene ( GR1) and Lawrence county ( LA1) courthouses. This building is a departure for Drum, whose buildings were usually Second Empire, as in the former Indiana County courthouse ( IN2). For Jefferson's courthouse, the large paired brackets that alternate with single brackets and the deep eaves add a touch of Italianate styling. The building rests on a raised basement, allowing three stories on the facade and two stories at the rear where the land slopes upward. The alterations of 1927 include the curving front steps with wrought-iron railings and the addition on the west. Brookville architect William L. Snyder restored the courthouse in 1976.

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "Courthouse", [Brookville, 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, 463-464.

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