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Juniata County Courthouse

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1873–1875, Luther M. Simon. N. Main St., between Bridge and Lemon sts.
  • Juniata County Courthouse (© George E. Thomas)
  • (Photograph by Matthew Aungst)

The highlight of Mifflintown is the courthouse square that mediates between the commercial center and 3rd Street with its several churches. The courthouse is set back on a gently sloping lawn recalling in its towered facade the eighteenth-century courthouses of eastern Pennsylvania and suggesting that its designer, Harrisburg architect Simon, was invoking Pennsylvania history on the eve of the nation's centennial. Its four fluted iron Corinthian columns demonstrate that no part of Pennsylvania was isolated from the Industrial Revolution. Constructed by Hetrich and Fleisher, the building was originally stuccoed. On the lawn in front of the courthouse is a Civil War monument (1871), an eighteen-foot-high obelisk surmounted by an eagle. At the rear of the courthouse is the county jail designed by Everett Oles in 1833 and still in use. Built of stone, it follows the domestic model of early jails such as that in Milford (PI4).

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Juniata County Courthouse", [Mifflintown, Pennsylvania], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of PA vol 2

Buildings of Pennsylvania: Philadelphia and Eastern Pennsylvania, George E. Thomas, with Patricia Likos Ricci, Richard J. Webster, Lawrence M. Newman, Robert Janosov, and Bruce Thomas. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 428-428.

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