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Old Brunswick County Courthouse

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1854–1855; 1939 rear addition. 228 N. Main St.

County clerk Edward R. Turnbull and lawyer Robert Kirkland supervised the construction of the courthouse. Although in the Greek Revival idiom popular in the mid-nineteenth century, the courthouse's design clearly descends from the Roman temple-form courthouses popularized by Thomas Jefferson. The power and might of county government is embodied in the colossal portico of a massive scale not equaled in any other Virginia courthouse. Originally smooth, its four columns were fluted in a 1977 “restoration.” All of the two-story brick courthouse's original windows are six-over-six sash with simple white marble lintels. A weathervane crowns the courthouse's louvered bell tower. The building is entered through double doors framed by a transom and sidelights with rectilinear tracery. Inside, offices open off a two-story entrance hall. On either side of the hall, straight-run stairs lead to a landing at the entrance to the second-story courtroom.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee

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