Pope County Courthouse

Glenwood 150th logoThis post is part of a collection of posts written in 2016 for Glenwood’s 150 year celebration. To see the map and full list of locations included in the walking tour, click here.

Pope County Courthouse 2016

Our stately Pope County Courthouse was built in 1929 replacing an earlier 1879 brick structure on Courthouse Square – a full city block donated by Kirk J. Kinney.
Kinney, together with Alfred Lathrop, laid out the village of Glenwood in 1866.
The 1930 dedication of the Courthouse was a three day event of parades and historical pageants.
The Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. A new law enforcement wing was added in 1983 and expanded in 2010/2011 and the front entrance was restored in 2012.

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1983 Law Enforcement addition.

The flat-roofed structure is composed of a central three story section flanked by two slightly shorter side sections. Exterior surfaces are of light colored brick and Bedford, Indiana stone. A 1930’s version of Beaux Arts-

Courthouse addition

2010 Law Enforcement Center expansion

Classicism, the building features three bays on the center section divided by pairs of engaged pilasters, a dentillated cornice with a wide frieze carrying the legend “Built to Perpetuate Civic Order and Justice”, and a decorative architrave surmounted by a name and date panel at the central a entrance. 2010_09_26_006Stone is also utilized as the water table and wall material for the ground floor of the building. Fenestration is symmetrical, with second and third story windows of the side sections linked vertically by placement in recessed panels. Decorative metal work includes grilles on the panels and transom of the main entrance,” and circular light standards flanking the entrance. Interior surfaces utilize Vermont marble, terrazzo, sculptured plasterwork, and specially designed metal stair rails. Both the interior and the exterior have retained a high degree of integrity.  – National Register application.

Old and new courthouses on Courthouse Square 1930

Old and new courthouses on Courthouse Square 1930

Downtown 1889

Bird’s eye view of the 1879 Courthouse building

Click here for information on Pope County’s earlier courthouses.

PC 150th FINAL


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1 Response to Pope County Courthouse

  1. H W RIPPE says:

    When I moved to Glenwood Pope County had maybe 10-11,000 living here. Now 60 years later we have about the same amount of Citizens. But the number of employees , buildings, lots, equipment, (office and Hwy) etc. is 3-5 times larger. I counted 15 sets of wheels (for employees use)in Country new parking space over the weekend. Seems a bit out of line,seeing we have the same or even less folks to take care of. I wonder of bigger is better, seeing that the ones needing help –population that is– is the same or lower.

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