Update: The courthouse was demolished and replaced with this building. In January of 2011, then-Missouri State Attorney General Chris Koster sued the Clark County Commissioners for demolishing the courthouse after having been giving a historic rehabilitation grant to renovate the old building. The Clark County Commissioners consented to a judgment on April 10, 2011, agreeing to repay $20,000 of the $57,500 grant they had received from the State of Missouri to renovate the courthouse they had demolished. Your tax dollars at work. The cupola was saved and now sits in the backyard of the courthouse.
Thanks to Missouri Preservation, I learned today that the Clark County Courthouse is threatened with demolition. Because you know, in these robust economic times, we can afford to tear down perfectly fine, if purposely dilapidated buildings at our whim. See my original post here.