Page County Courthouse

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The Page County Courthouse, atop one of the highest points in the county seat town of Luray, was designed and constructed by William B. Phillips, mason, and Malcolm F. Crawford, carpenter, master builders formerly employed by Thomas Jefferson at the University of Virginia. Completed by 1834, the temple-form building, with its Tuscan pediment and entablature, shows the influence of the third president’s distinctive classical style. Although the ground-floor arcade was also a feature favored by Jefferson, the arcade was a traditional element of Virginia courthouses since the colonial period. Here the arcade was directed by the Page County commissioners to be carried into the one-story wings. The pedimented belfry with its paired pilasters is also an original feature. The building’s form is very similar to that of the Madison County Courthouse, also a Phillips and Crawford project.

Last Updated: June 2, 2023

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VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
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NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

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