(former) Jo Daviess Courthouse - Galena, Illinois
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
N 42° 25.004 W 090° 25.617
15T E 711704 N 4699254
Quick Description: The First Court House (Dowling Building) is a two story limestone located at 211-213 North Main Street in Galena, Illinois.
Location: Illinois, United States
Date Posted: 5/2/2020 9:08:56 AM
Waymark Code: WM12D2N
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member jhuoni
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Long Description:
My Commentary:
From what I am seeing, this building would have been in use by the county from 1838-1839 when the current courthouse was first built. The dates in the National Register Record are incorrect. This building had, at one time, different windows on the second floor - my guess is that the second floor is now apartments or other living space and porthole type windows wouldn't work for that kind of arrangement.

Directly across Main Street stands the FIRST COURT HOUSE, a two- story gray stone building easily distinguished by six portholes on the second floor. The building, now a monument works, was built by Nicholas Dowling in 1838 for a store, and for a time was rented by the county. It held the first theater of the lead mining area, when the Jefferson-McKenzie players came from Chicago in open wagons to play in Galena until early in 1839; they then left for a month, and returned to await the opening of the river in April. After an extended tour the troupe split and the elder Jefferson died. Young Joe Jefferson attended the Campbell school next door to the courthouse.

- Galena Guide, 1937, pgs. 60-61

Current name: Fried Green Tomatoes

Style: Parapet-Front

Architectural Description: This is a 2-story commercial building in the Parapet-Front style built ca. 1870/c. 1920. The foundation is limestone. Exterior walls are limestone; ornamental concrete block. The building has a flat roof. Windows are original or historic; contemporary wood; vinyl 6/6 fixed; double- or single-hung; Chicago/Picture. Doors are original or historic wood glazed; paneled; recessed entry with transom; sidelights.

- ruskinarc.com Historic Architecture Survey Database

National Register Building Details
211-213 N. Main Street Dowling Building C 1837 /c.1920s No Stylee

- National Register Application

Year Built: 1838

Current Use of Building: Restaurant

Level of Courts: County

Architect: unknown

Dates this building was used to house judicial proceedings: 1838-1839

Physical Address:
211-213 North Main Street
Galena, Illinois 61036


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