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Taylor County Courthouse

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1880–1882. c. 1924, Holmboe and Pogue. 1976 annex, Whalen King Associates. 216 W. Main St. (south side of Main St., west of the intersection with Latrobe St.)
  • Taylor County Courthouse (Library of Congress, Joseph Allen)

Imagine a modest version of Neuschwanstein, mad King Ludwig's fantasy castle in Bavaria, perhaps as Frank Furness, Philadelphia's innovative late-nineteenth-century architect, might have designed it. As built, and as shown in early photographs, this is the impression this High Victorian building of brown brick must have imparted. Now but a shadow of its former self, it has been denuded of turrets, towers, trim, and chimney caps. Even the figure of Justice that once stood precariously above a pedimented dormer has been whisked away. Additions of different eras and differing architectural styles now crowd both flanks, depriving the structure even further of its original character and spirit.

Writing Credits

S. Allen Chambers Jr.

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