Marion County Courthouse, Hannibal

Yes, there are two Marion County courthouses! As we continue down the Mississippi River Valley, we come to the largest city in Marion County, which is Hannibal. Due to the fact that the city was so much more dominant, a second courthouse was constructed in Hannibal to deal with the larger caseload. I’m sure there’s…

From the Vault: Marion County Courthouse, Palmyra

My family had stopped to get gas in early July of 2008 in downtown Palmyra, and we had seen the amazing Marian County Courthouse, so that is why I came back. Why I never posted these pictures is unknown to me. There are so many courthouses in the Midwest that are similar in form to…

United States Post Office and Courthouse, Quincy, Illinois

There’s a little bit of Paris in downtown Quincy in the United States Post Office and Courthouse. In what could easily be one of the most beautiful buildings in the Midwest, the 1887 design by Mifflin E. Bell shows the continued influence of the French Renaissance Revival and the redevelopment of the French capital by…

Dubuque County Courthouse, Dubuque, Iowa

The Dubuque County Courthouse, opened in 1893, is one of the more extraordinary seats of government in the Midwest, and does not easily fit into neat architectural descriptions. I would perhaps describe it as Renaissance Revival, but that is not satisfactory. While it does not possess a Mansard roof, it also has some of the…

Farmington, St. Francois County

You might not care about Farmington, far to the south in St. Francois County, but it is very important to the St. Louis region, actually lending its name to the official name for the combined census region according to the federal government. It also has an incredibly beautiful Beaux-Arts courthouse, which is not a standard…

Fredericktown and Mine La Motte, Madison County

Fredericktown is the picturesque county seat of Madison County, Missouri, south of St. Louis quite a ways in the foothills of the Ozark Mountains. It was the site of a Civil War battle due to the nearby lead mines needed to create bullets during the conflict. The courthouse sits in the middle of the town…

Gasconade Courthouse, Hermann

The majestic Gasconade County Courthouse rises on a bluff on the west end of downtown Hermann. It seems to have been undergoing some renovations, as its newly copper domes have replaced dull-colored ones in older photographs. Apparently it claims to be the only courthouse in America paid for with private funds by a local businessman…

The Rotunda, Old Courthouse

I took some pictures of the beautiful rotunda of the Old Courthouse a little while back. As is typical in classical architecture, the more stout architectural orders start at the bottom, and then work up to the more elegant and decorative orders, such as the Ionic, and then the Corinthian towards the top. The German…

Courtrooms and Hallways, Old Courthouse

There were once over a dozen courtrooms in the Old Courthouse, and there are just two left that have been carefully restored to their original appearance. This is one of them; you can see below how the floor has been worn smooth from all of the shoes that have walked over them. The other courtroom…

Old Courthouse, Early June, 2019

I never feel like I can get a good picture of the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. There always seems to be something blocking my ability to back up far enough, or it’s a cloudy day, or whatever. Surrounded by buildings for most of its existence, first by two- to three-story-houses and stores that…