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230-0077 Halifax County Courthouse

Halifax County Courthouse
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VLR Listing Date 12/15/1981

NRHP Listing Date 09/16/1982

NPS property number 82004563

Occupying a site that has been used for court purposes since the Revolution, the 1839 Halifax County Courthouse is one of the Classical Revival court buildings erected by master builders influenced by Thomas Jefferson while constructing the University of Virginia. Its designer and builder, Dabney Cosby, Sr., along with his son, Dabney Cosby, Jr., provided Southside Virginia with a variety of architecturally literate houses, churches, and public buildings. Prior to the Halifax project, the elder Crosby had participated in the design and construction of the courthouses for Goochland, Lunenburg, and Sussex counties. As with the Sussex Courthouse, Cosby abandoned the strict temple form here in favor of a T plan. He also departed from his normal use of Roman orders and instead employed a Greek Ionic order. The courthouse was enlarged by an extension of the rear wing in 1904.


Abbreviations:
VLR: Virginia Landmarks Register
NPS: National Park Service
NRHP: National Register of Historic Places
NHL: National Historic Landmark

Updated April 4, 2018