Interior, Old McLean County Courthouse, Bloomington, Illinois

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The interior of the McLean County Courthouse is stunning, with a central rotunda that stretches from the first floor up into the dome. Due to a net that stretches across the base of the dome to prevent plaster from falling on visitors’ heads, above a certain level the images become blurred by the net’s inteference.

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Restored in 2004, the rotunda probably ranks as one of the most beautiful spaces I have seen in America.

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In one of the most unique aspects, the staircase to the dome above the flat coffered ceiling actually intrudes into the rotunda’s space.

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The ceiling painting is unfortunately obscured by the net, but appears to represent prosperity as an allegory.

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Beautiful bas-relief sculpture covers the wall.

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A portrait bust of Abraham Lincoln and I believe George Washington grace the niches below the dome.

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  1. Brooke says:

    Love the domes in these old courthouses. The one in STL is magnificient.

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