Franklin County Courthouse - Brookville Historic District - Brookville, Indiana
Posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS
N 39° 25.155 W 085° 00.747
16S E 671091 N 4365187
Quick Description: \County courthouse for Franklin County in Brookville, Indiana.
Location: Indiana, United States
Date Posted: 7/5/2008 6:59:41 PM
Waymark Code: WM44DF
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 32

Long Description:

"In 1852 Edwin May, architect of several nineteenth century Indiana courthouses, designed an elaborate, classically-inspired building with a temple front and an impressive clock tower for Franklin County. By 1877 architectural fashions changed and the building in Brookville suffered from maintenance issues. As one account states:

The first, or original style of the present court house was of
the Italian flat-roofed order, not pleasing to the eye, and not
well calculated to be durable, especially the roof, which gave
some trouble from leakage.

In 1877, in an attempt to correct the leaks, workers piled up building materials on the roof and crashed into the courtroom below. Despite the estimated twenty people in the courtroom and several workmen on the roof, no one was seriously injured. The courtroom temporarily relocated while workers completed the repairs.

Commissioners were debating the topic of a new courthouse by 1905. Indianapolis architect Elmer Dunlap examined the existing building and declared it fit for renovation rather than replacement. In 1910 the Commission hired Dunlap, who renovated the Jackson County Courthouse the same year. Despite retaining the basic bones of the 1852 building, all that remains today of Edwin May’s design is the clock tower. Dunlap flanked the original building with wings and replaced the Italian-inspired round arches with flat window surrounds and Ionic columns reflecting the Neo-Classical style popular in the early twentieth century.

The Franklin County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Brookville Historic District. The Courthouse occupies the popular Shelbyville Square plan with streets converging at the corners to form right angles." - Indiana Courts website

Name of Historic District (as listed on the NRHP): Brookville Historic District

Link to page with the Historic District: [Web Link]

459 Main Street Brookville, Indiana

How did you determine the building to be a contributing structure?: Narrative found on the internet (Link provided below)

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NRHP Historic District Waymark (Optional): Not listed

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