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Saint Louis County – Virginia

County Courthouse – Virginia 

 

Location:  300 South 5th Avenue / 3rd Street South

Built:  1909 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Bray and Nystrom of Duluth

Contractor:  Bailey & Marsh

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Virginia.. On the west front is a classical portico with four sets of ornate double columns that set off the three bay pavilion. The end bays have simple single windows above a high basement story. A balustrade crowns the roof line above the cornice, quoins define the corners, and carved swags and garlands decorate spandrels and window tops. Light standards with white colored globes guard the west entrance. The interior is arranged around a two-story central rectangular space covered by a skylight and having a large staircase with an ornate iron balustrade which gives access to the basement and upper floors. Interior spaces have intact woodwork, doors, terrazzo floors, and ornamental ceilings blemished only by false ceilings in parts of the lower level. The ceiling of the entrance has classical details including modillions, acanthus leaves, and egg-and-dart molding. Walls are covered with marble wainscoting and exposed beams highlight the ceilings. The building has four courtrooms. The two large County District Court courtrooms are located on the north and south sides of the second story. Two small courtrooms are located on the first story. The building houses the County District Court of the 6th Judicial District. The architect was Bray and Nystrom of Duluth and the contractor was Bailey & Marsh. The supervisor during construction was J H Robinson. An addition was added in 1921. The architect was Croft & Boerner and the contractor was National Construction Company. The building was remodeled in the 1980’s.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Virginia District Courthouse

 

History:  In 1904, the first courthouse was a small frame building on the edge of Virginia’s business district. In the summer of 1909, the county paid $800 per year to lease part of the second floor of the Virginia City Hall for its district court as the second courthouse. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1910 at a cost of $75,000. The building was enlarged in 1921.

 

See:  The Saint Louis County courthouse is located in Duluth.

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Virginia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Small courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2022