Hardy County's present seat of justice, the fourth authorized by the county courts, is a large, three-story brick building that looks more like a schoolhouse than a courthouse. Its unusual location, several blocks northeast of the center of town, was likely chosen because it was near the depot of the then-new Hampshire Southern Railroad, which was expected to inaugurate a building boom. That never happened, and the courthouse is now in a pleasant but unremarkable residential area.
Even with two monumental Ionic porticoes and a bold modillion cornice, this is perhaps the least distinguished of Milburn's several county courthouses in West Virginia. In overall appearance and arrangement, it is a smaller version of the same firm's contemporary Wayne County, North Carolina, courthouse at Goldsboro.