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Smyth County Courthouse

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1905, Frank P. Milburn; 1970s additions, Echols Sparger and Associates. 109 W. Main St.

Milburn's Beaux-Arts Classical design of buff-colored brick resting on a limestone foundation is larger and grander than many in the state. A tall flight of stairs leads up to an impressive eight-columned Ionic portico with doubled corner columns. Above the portico's conspicuous modillion cornice are a parapet, a hipped roof, and a shallow stained glass dome covering the lobby rotunda. The building's T-shaped plan is organized with the courtroom behind the lobby and two stories of offices on each side of the lobby. Major renovations and additions, including rear wings, have taken a toll on the interior, but some original elements, like the iron and marble main staircase, are still in place.

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Author: 
Anne Carter Lee
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Anne Carter Lee, "Smyth County Courthouse", [Marion, Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/VA-02-SM1.

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, 458-458.

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