Brooks County Courthouse (Georgia)

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Brooks County Courthouse
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Brooks County Courthouse (Georgia) is located in Georgia (U.S. state)
Brooks County Courthouse (Georgia)
Brooks County Courthouse (Georgia) is located in the United States
Brooks County Courthouse (Georgia)
LocationCourthouse Sq., Quitman, Georgia
Coordinates30°47′8″N 83°33′37″W / 30.78556°N 83.56028°W / 30.78556; -83.56028Coordinates: 30°47′8″N 83°33′37″W / 30.78556°N 83.56028°W / 30.78556; -83.56028
Area2 acres (0.81 ha)
Built1859
ArchitectWind, John; Bruce & Morgan
Architectural styleRenaissance, Romanesque
MPSGeorgia County Courthouses TR
NRHP reference #80000976[1] The
Added to NRHPSeptember 18, 1980

The Brooks County Courthouse in Quitman, Georgia is the historic county courthouse of Brooks County, Georgia. The building is an example of Renaissance Revival and Romanesque Revival architecture, it underwent extensive renovations in 1892.[2] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.[1]

History[edit]

The Brooks County Courthouse was built from 1859–64; it was designed by architect John Wind;[3] because of shortages of material and labor, the courthouse was one of only two courthouses in Georgia built during the Civil War; the other is the Banks County Courthouse in Homer.[3] Because of the war, plans for the courthouse were substantially scaled back; a proposed parapet, cupola, roof balustrade, ornate courtroom columns, and porticos on the ends of the building were never built;[3] the original courthouse resembles another Wind courthouse, the Thomas County Courthouse at Thomasville (1858), as well as Elam Alexander's Bibb County Courthouse (1829) in Macon; all three courthouses are in a brick vernacular style.[3] The county paid for the building with $14,985 in Confederate money, which soon became worthless.[4]

The building was remodeled in 1892, with Bruce & Morgan as architects, one of sixteen Georgia courthouses designed by the firm between 1882 and 1898;[3] the remodeled courthouse is Italian Renaissance Revival, with elements of Richardsonian Romanesque in the massive twin arches at the main entrance and Queen Anne style in the fenestration.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Brooks County Courthouse". Georgia Info.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Wilber W. Caldwell, The Courthouse and the Depot: The Architecture of Hope in an Age of Despair, pp. 220-21.
  4. ^ The Georgia courthouse manual, 1992

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