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Pendleton County Courthouse

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1925–1927. West side of Main St. (U.S. 220) between Walnut and Chestnut sts.
  • Pendleton County Courthouse (State Historic Preservation Office, West Virginia Division of Culture and History, Douglas C. Reed)

The brick Georgian Revival courthouse, the county's fourth, succeeds a building burned in the 1924 fire. Its predecessors stretch back to a structure that the first county commissioners directed to be built “of good hewed loggs,” and for which they paid $160. One would be hard pressed to claim that the current building is of great architectural significance, though its pedimented, giant-order Ionic portico manages to dominate the town square. A modest louvered belfry, square in section, with a convex roof, rises from the intersection of the front roof ridges. Palladian windows on the second-floor side walls light the courtroom. Inside, the building is notable for its fireproof concrete walls and floors, obviously specified because of the fate of its immediate predecessor.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.


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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Pendleton County Courthouse", [Franklin, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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