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Kane County Courthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 25 January 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

On January 16, 1836, a new County was fromed and named after Elias Kent Kane, a highly-respected attorney who helped draft the Illinois constitution and was the first Secretary of State. Kane was later elected to Congress and represented Illinois in the U.S. Senate.

On the night of March 13, 1890, Kane County lost one of its most prized buildings when the Courthouse burned. Fortunately, the records of the recorder, County Clerk, and the Circuit Clerk were locked in fireproof vaults and not damaged.

The original construction cost for the new courthouse was $195,000. The square dome rises high above the rotunda. Decorative ironwork railings encircle each floor and eleven murals, depicting various scenes from the County, are painted on the arches of the 4th floor.

Photo captured January 16, 2011.

SONY DSLR-A300 1/100 second F/10.0 ISO 100 18 mm

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Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

That is a glorious building.

25 Jan 2012 5:47am

Becky from los angeles, United States

Good Ole' Kane County - I was born in Cook County! What a wonderful shot of this wonderful building.

25 Jan 2012 7:28am

Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

An imposing building..........

25 Jan 2012 7:42am

Mhelene from Paris, France

Wow ...What a building !! Beautiful composition !

25 Jan 2012 9:34am

tataray from france, France

Superbe batiment, beau cadrage)

25 Jan 2012 9:41am

Laurette from Johannesburg - Fourways, South Africa

A marvelous capture of this very impressive building. Fabulous colours. Beautifuly captured and presented.

25 Jan 2012 11:17am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Great perspective on this unique architecture - lovely capture of its red stone facade as well.

25 Jan 2012 11:33am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Beautiful image and building. Thanks for the information. It is good to know that they had fireproof vaults and the end of the XIX century.

25 Jan 2012 4:09pm

Denny Jump Photo from Easton, PA, United States

This is beautiful, Steven And I really like that "dome" at the top - just fantastic. SOme people hate winter but I DO like it for building shots becasue the colours stand out better and the trees are bare so we can get a MUCH better and full view...That's my take ;-)

25 Jan 2012 4:15pm

Dokmateo from Madrid, Spain

Excellent framing! Great tones and colors! Two thumbs up!

25 Jan 2012 4:30pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A handsome building given your usual excellent framing and focus. I love the snow for this shot, too, which really enhances the hue of the brickwork.

25 Jan 2012 4:46pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Looks rather massive for a court built perhaps in the early 1900s, were they seeing into the future and getting a good idea about the size of the crime growth?

25 Jan 2012 6:51pm

franz from Baden, Austria

a very impressive building captured in a very impressive photo! i like your processing that brings out the vivid red color, and i like the angle you chose for the take!

25 Jan 2012 7:44pm

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

An interesting architecture shot

25 Jan 2012 8:26pm

DowsherVision from PARIS, France

Great capture of this building, nice treatment !

25 Jan 2012 9:09pm

Ted from South Wales, United Kingdom

fine looking building and composition.

25 Jan 2012 9:22pm

Phil David Morris, 2012 from Saskatoon, New York, Canada

Courthouses were never small places, many rooms in one of that size I imagine.
Beautiful building.

25 Jan 2012 9:23pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!

25 Jan 2012 10:36pm

Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

Looks very grand, lovely colours, nice shot

25 Jan 2012 10:37pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

That red brick is quite pretty. I hope we get to see inside.

26 Jan 2012 12:02am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

This building has quite a history. I love learning about old buildings. I like the architecture. I bet it is beautiful inside. Great framing and compo!

26 Jan 2012 12:55am

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26 Jan 2012 1:18am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Beautiful architecture shot. The color really stands out against the snow and cloudy sky.

26 Jan 2012 1:25am

Marie LC from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful and colored Courthouse. Ours are more austere

26 Jan 2012 4:53am

MissT from Chicagoland, United States

I am very near Kane County, but have never seen this building before - I'd love to see the ironwork and murals inside. Great color and detail in this shot!

26 Jan 2012 5:15am

Stefanie from Paris, France

Beautiful Courthouse.

26 Jan 2012 8:22am