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Snyder County Courthouse

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1855; 1867; 1915, John F. Stetler; 1977, L. Robert Kimball and Associates. 11 W. Market St.
  • (© George E. Thomas)

At first glance the Snyder County courthouse bears a family resemblance to Classical Revival brick courthouses in Perry ( PE7), Juniata ( JU5), and Montour ( MT1) counties built in the nineteenth-century, but it is actually a clever twentieth-century reproduction. Middleburg native Stetler, architect of the county's 1886 Romanesque Revival prison on Main Street and Willow Avenue, replaced a vernacular gable-fronted Italianate building with an academic variation on the regional courthouse style in 1915. Above two arched doorways on the rusticated ground level, he placed an Ionic pavilion with a balustrade and a roofline pediment trimmed with prominent dentils. Crowned by a louvered belfry and clock tower, the new courthouse had an unmistakably civic identity. In 1977, L. Robert Kimball and Associates seamlessly connected a three-story brick ell to the courthouse by a continuation of Stetler's wide dentiled cornice.

Writing Credits

George E. Thomas


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George E. Thomas, "Snyder County Courthouse", [Middleburg, 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, 418-419.

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