One of the Commonwealth’s most beautiful public buildings, the Petersburg Courthouse is a testament to the talents of its architect, Calvin Pollard of New York. Completed in 1840, this masterpiece of the Greek Revival employs the Tower of the Winds order in both its tall portico and its elaborate octagonal cupola. The cupola, topped by a clock which is surmounted by a statue of Justice, was used as a sighting mark by Union artillery during the Civil War siege of the city. The courthouse’s exterior survives largely unchanged; the interior has undergone considerable remodeling but preserves an outstanding coffered domed ceiling in the courtroom. The building is located in the Petersburg Courthouse Historic District and still houses the city’s courts; it remains a dominant architectural element of Petersburg’s skyline.
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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark
DHR has secured permanent legal protection for over 700 historic places - including 15,000 acres of battlefield lands
DHR has erected 2,532 highway markers in every county and city across Virginia
DHR has engaged over 450 students in 3 highway marker contests
DHR has stimulated more than $4.2 billion dollars in private investments related to historic tax credit incentives, revitalizing communities of all sizes throughout Virginia