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Loudoun County Courthouse

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1894–1895, William C. West. 10 N. King St.

The third courthouse on this site follows Virginia's temple courthouse tradition: red brick, a tetrastyle portico, and on the interior a small vestibule and a large courtroom. However, in contrast to similar courthouses of this date (Fauquier, Culpeper), the building is not raised on a high podium but sits on a low basement. John Norris and Sons of Leesburg, who built much of the town between the Civil War and World War I, acted as contractors. An unusual feature of the exterior of the building is the shift from the Corinthian order of the portico and Market Street facades to the Doric for the rear and north facades. West may have changed the order so as to harmonize with the Doric pilasters on the Boys' Academy (1844), which stands to the east or rear; the academy's Ionic portico was added later. This structure now contains courtrooms, as does its next-door twin (c. 1950). In front stood a Civil War memorial, a Confederate soldier (1907, F. William Sievers), donated by the Loudoun Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy and installed in 1908. In collaboration with the county government, the United Daughters of the Confederacy removed the statue on July 20, 2020.

Writing Credits

Richard Guy Wilson et al.


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Richard Guy Wilson et al., "Loudoun County Courthouse", [Leesburg, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Virginia: Tidewater and Piedmont, Richard Guy Wilson and contributors. New York: Oxford University Press, 2002, 98-98.

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