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251-0001 Brunswick County Court Square

Brunswick County Court Square
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VLR Listing Date 11/19/1974

NRHP Listing Date 12/31/1974

NPS property number 74002110

With its Greek Doric courthouse, Confederate monument, clerk’s office, and jail, Brunswick County’s court square has the essential ingredients of a 19th-century Virginia county seat. The tree-shaded grouping serves as the focus of town and county activity. Lawrenceville was established as the county seat in 1814. By 1853, a new courthouse was required, and a contract was let to E. R. Trumbull and Robert Kirkland to provide a building based on the courthouse in adjacent Mecklenburg County. Like its model, the new building was temple form, but instead of a hexastyle Roman Ionic portico, Trumbull and Kirkland gave their structure a tetrastyle portico in the Greek Doric order, thus creating one of southside Virginia’s few Greek Revival court structures. The one-story clerk’s office was designed by M. J. Dimmock of Richmond and was built in 1893.

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

Updated April 4, 2018