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Courthouse Addition - Lafayette County - Lexington, MO
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 11.118 W 093° 52.965
15S E 423760 N 4337710
Quick Description: 1849 Court house, and 1939 addition...
Location: Missouri, United States
Date Posted: 9/3/2019 6:01:48 AM
Waymark Code: WM1180E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
Views: 0

Long Description:

County of project: Lafayette County
Location of project: West-Central Missouri, on the National Road (US 24) & Missouri River
Location of courthouse: Main St., between 10th St. & 11th St., Lexington
Elevation: 850'
Population: 4,654 (2013)

"Project type: Civic Facilities, Courthouses (State & Local)
New Deal Agencies: Public Works Administration (PWA)
Completed: 1939
Designers: Artist/Architect: Besecke-Swanson-Terney
Quality of Information: Moderate
Status: Marked
Site Survival: Extant

"The addition to the existing 1849 courthouse was accomplished with an almost seamless continuation of the style of the original. The dental work below the eaves and over-all style was duplicated. This was important to the townspeople because of its historic nature. In the photo of the original courthouse, a cannonball from the Civil War Battle of Lexington remains embedded in the top of the pillar on the left." ~ The Living New Deal


"In 1854 a separate office building was erected on the east lawn of the courthouse. It was a single story brick building that reflected the architecture of the main structure in a small central portico.supported by columns and decorated with engaged pilasters. At the turn of the century, this building was remedied into a two story structure, and in 1939 an addition was constructed on the rear of the building and connected to the courthouse. At this time the entire exterior of the building was reworked to copy the Classic Revival style of the court house and appear as a more integrated part of it." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

Project type: Government building (non-park)

Date built or created: 1939

Location: Courthouse Addition, city square

City: Lexington

Condition: Good upkeep with a little wear and tear

Website for additional information: Not listed

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