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Montgomery County Courthouse

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1989, Sherertz, Franklin and Shaffner. 1 E. Main St.
  • (Virginia Department of Historic Resources)

The massive, mildly Brutalist courthouse, built following a controversial decision to demolish the historic courthouse, makes a strong contrast with the lower rooflines of the surrounding urban fabric. This buff-colored brick building of four stories has recessed windows of dark-colored glass. The first- and second-story windows are visually merged by the use of dark-colored spandrels, which gives the appearance of a three-story building with a strong base. Courtrooms are on the three upper stories.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Montgomery County Courthouse", [Christiansburg, 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, 428-429.

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