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Saturday, December 5, 2015

Old Fayette County Courthouse - Lexington, KY

A great write-up of this historic building can be found here:
"The 1898 courthouse was designed by the Cleveland, Ohio architecture firm Lehman & Schmitt, who also designed their own city's Cuyahoga County Courthouse. The Fayette County Courthouse is a fantastic example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. In the shape of a Greek cross, though appearing almost cubic, the courthouse has an entrance on each of its four sides. Each entrance is marked by a large round arch and a shallow balcony above. The corbels supporting these balconies feature facing ranging from grotesque to `resembling characters from the Canterbury Tales.' "

A new courthouse was opened nearby, and today this building houses the Lexington History Museum. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Lexington-Fayette County Government Building Block. Maybe the next time I'm here, it won't be raining.

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