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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.

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.

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Author: 
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—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-LE1.

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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