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Prince Edward County Courthouse

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1939, Clarence H. Hinnant and Walter K. Smith. 124 N. Main St.

This restrained brown brick building replaced an 1870s courthouse. Funded by the WPA, the flat-roofed building of two stories over a high basement is thirteen bays wide with a slightly projecting five-bay central block. A four-columned pedimented Doric portico and a domed cupola with an open belfry are applied to the otherwise plain structure. The interior of the courthouse is rather stark with glazed terra-cotta wainscoting and steel-cased doors. Set behind a modest lawn, the courthouse does not dominate the street, and indeed when Confederate veterans and the Daughters of the Confederacy erected a bronze statue of the ordinary Confederate soldier (1900, Charles M. Walsh), they chose a prominent location on High Street rather than the courthouse green.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee


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Anne Carter Lee, "Prince Edward County Courthouse", [Farmville, 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, 266-266.

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