Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Luzerne County Courthouse

The Luzerne County Courthouse designed by McCormick & French c. 1906 in Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania. Click HERE for an extensive history of the Luzerne County Courthouse and HERE for a tour on their website. Click HERE to see the courthouse on bing and HERE on google street view.

Photos from The American Architect, 1909.


Anonymous said...

Ever since I was a child I've always been very attracted and impressed with these early public buildings....they just don't make'em like this anymore.

Anonymous said...

Wow, built back in the day when one had respect for their politicians and law makers. State and local governments took pride in what they built and the civic pride is evident. How far we have sunk.

Hels said...

I love the connection with the World Fair and white cities. Citizens at the time must have been thrilled with the staggering size and confidence of the courthouse.

What is the building used for now?29

Anonymous said...

It's still a courthouse- essentially unchanged. maincoutrooms now have dropped ceilings and all the nice molding on top of the pillars are gone. The flooring was also replaced with cheaper substitute- but other than that the courtrooms are essentially unchanged.