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James F. Ingram Justice Center

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Danville Courts and Jail Building
1976, Moseley-Hening Associates; 1998 front addition, Wood Swofford and Associates. Patton St. at Lynn St.
  • (Photograph by Don Swofford)

For the 1998 renovation and expansion of the building, the decision was made to enlarge the building by replacing the front plaza with a modern adaptation of the demolished Danville City Courthouse of 1873. Surprisingly, the successful result is a resplendent late-twentieth-century version of an 1870s classical building in front of the 1970s Brutalist structure. The 1998 addition is composed of a projecting five-bay central section flanked by three-bay wings and a two-bay connector to the Municipal Building (PI25). The building's first story is faced in stone and the second story is of brick. The central section, which has a pedimented gable front, is embellished with a projecting portico composed of an arcaded first story and a four-columned pedimented upper story. Capping the building is a bold hexagonal louvered belfry. The older section is one of several Brutalist structures built in Danville in the 1970s. This fierce sculptural building of concrete and steel with its projecting U-shaped stairwell views its section of the city from high defensive ramparts.

Writing Credits

Anne Carter Lee
Anne Carter Lee



  • 1976

  • 1998

    Front Addition

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Anne Carter Lee, "James F. Ingram Justice Center", [Danville, 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, 367-367.

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