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Ritchie County Courthouse

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1874. 1922–1924, Holmboe and Pogue. Court Sq. (bounded by Main, Court, North, and Spring sts.)
  • Ritchie County Courthouse

Clarksburg architects Holmboe and Pogue gave Ritchie County a Beaux-Arts classical courthouse faced in Indiana limestone and fronted by an unusually florid portico. Fluted columns with Composite capitals support an entablature with the name of the building inscribed on the frieze, and the pediment contains a cartouche with the initial R surrounded by arabesques. The tall, domed clock tower, or cupola, above is Harrisville's most conspicuous landmark.

Although 1920s accounts claimed the building was new, it is actually an almost total remodeling of the 1874 courthouse. Only the roofline above the eleven-bay facade departs from the biaxial symmetry, affording a hint that the building is not all of a piece. The roof of the west half rises above the parapet, indicating the location of the high-ceilinged courtroom on the second floor.

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Author: 
S. Allen Chambers Jr.
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S. Allen Chambers Jr., "Ritchie County Courthouse", [Harrisville, West Virginia], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/WV-01-RT1.

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