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McKean County Courthouse

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1942, Thomas K. Hendryx and Bley and Lyman. 500 W. Main St.
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

A devastating fire in 1940 burned the W. Main Street portion of the earlier courthouse. It was replaced with this brick building with a pedimented portico supported by six Ionic columns and a cupola reminiscent of Independence Hall's in Philadelphia. Stone quoins define all the corners and link the new portion to wings dating from 1914 and 1938 that survived the fire. The wings, each of eight bays, feature windows of varied forms, including round, segmental, and rectangular arched. Inside, the one-story rotunda at the intersection of the hallways has Ionic detailing in marble, which is repeated in wood in the courtroom. Thomas K. Hendryx (1906–1970), a 1923 graduate of Cornell University, is responsible for two modern buildings in his hometown of Bradford, the Kubiak building ( MK5) and the Bradford Regional Medical Center's allaluminum exterior wing ( MK11).

Writing Credits

Lu Donnelly et al.


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Lu Donnelly et al., "McKean County Courthouse", [Smethport, 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, 413-413.

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