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Bucks County Intelligencer Building

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1871–1876, Thomas Cernea. 10 E. Court St.
  • Bucks County Intelligencer Building

At the base of the courthouse square, mediating between the government and retail zones, is a striking brick High Victorian shaft that housed the local newspaper office. The building takes the form of a slender front strongly decorated with yellow Ohio stone keystones and a plaque emblazoned “BCI,” the initials of the newspaper, framed by the founding date 1804 and the date of the building's completion in 1876 (two years after Thomas Cernea's death). The Bucks County Intelligencer was founded in 1804, even before the move of the county seat to Doylestown, and remains the principal newspaper, though its offices have now moved to the edge of the town. The facade with its crowning slate-roofed spire was certainly derived from Richard Morris Hunt's recently completed polychromed offices of the New York Tribune and reiterates the theme of the newspaper as a beacon of truth that continued in Raymond Hood's winning design for the Chicago Tribune Tower and later his design for the New York Daily News Building. The Intelligencer offices are strategically located adjacent to the courthouse and dominate the triangular intersection of Court and N. Main streets. In the center of the tiny triangle is the county's Civil War monument constructed in 1868 to commemorate the service of the 104th Regiment of the Pennsylvania Volunteers, also known as the Ringgold Regiment.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Bucks County Intelligencer Building", [Doylestown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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