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Bath County Courthouse

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1914–1915, T. J. Collins and Son. 65 Courthouse Hill Rd.

Designed by a Staunton firm after a fire destroyed the 1908 courthouse on this site, the structure was built by the Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky. The red brick courthouse is dominated by a two-story pedimented portico with six powerful Tuscan columns and a bold triglyph and metope frieze. A domed cupola serves as a landmark to the surrounding countryside. The front entrance is framed by paneled pilasters, a modillion cornice, and a transom topped by a triangular pediment. On the west elevation a deeply recessed porch with an elliptical-arched opening, presumably from which to make speeches, is an unusual feature for Virginia courthouses. A cast-concrete Confederate soldiers' monument is located to the left of the courthouse, and a two-story brick sheriff's office and jail with a portico is situated to the right.

Writing Credits

Author: 
Anne Carter Lee

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