Old Monroe County Courthouse (Monroeville, Alabama)

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Old Monroe County Courthouse
Alabama-Monroe County Courthouse retired.jpg
Old Monroe County Courthouse (Monroeville, Alabama) is located in Alabama
Old Monroe County Courthouse (Monroeville, Alabama)
Old Monroe County Courthouse (Monroeville, Alabama) is located in the US
Old Monroe County Courthouse (Monroeville, Alabama)
Location Courthouse Sq., Monroeville, Alabama
Coordinates 31°31′38″N 87°19′27″W / 31.52722°N 87.32417°W / 31.52722; -87.32417Coordinates: 31°31′38″N 87°19′27″W / 31.52722°N 87.32417°W / 31.52722; -87.32417
Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1903
Architectural style Eclecticism
NRHP Reference # 73000366[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1973

The Old Monroe County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building in Monroeville, Alabama that served as the Monroe County courthouse from 1903 to 1967.[1]

It is significant as an Alabama literary landmark due to its association with Harper Lee and Truman Capote, both of whom spent their childhood in Monroeville and featured the courthouse in their work. Capote mentions it in his A Christmas Memory and it inspired the fictional courthouse in Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

The film adaptation was heavily influenced by the courthouse, with production designers measuring and photographing the building and then recreating a close duplicate of the interior on a sound stage for filming of the courtroom scenes.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

The courthouse is now one of the Monroe County Museums and is operated as the Old Courthouse Museum, the building has been restored to a 1930s appearance and also features exhibits about Capote and Lee.

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ W. Warner Floyd (March 29, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Old Monroe County Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 2, 2013.  See also: "Accompanying photos" (PDF). 

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