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Lee County Courthouse

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1933–1935, D. R. Beeson; V. L. Nicholson Company, builders; 1978 addition, Beeson, Lusk and Jones. 33640 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Tim Buchman)

The Lee County Courthouse is the most architecturally sophisticated building in the county. Built during the early years of the Great Depression, the two-story buff brick courthouse is in the severe version of neoclassicism popular during the 1930s. Dominating the facade is a two-story cast-concrete Doric portico that shelters a central entrance framed by Doric pilasters and supports a brick parapet decorated with geometric motifs. A concrete frieze and cornice wrap the building below the parapet. The brick addition of 1978, more austere with plain brick walls and a deep roof overhang, is awkwardly attached to the earlier building.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Lee County Courthouse", [Jonesville, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Virginia vol 2

Buildings of Virginia: Valley, Piedmont, Southside, and Southwest, Anne Carter Lee and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2015, 512-512.

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