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Livingston County Courthouse

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 26 September 2019 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The current Livingston County Courthouse is the third building to carry that name. Construction on the present-day courthouse began in late 1874 and was completed late the next year. The courthouse was built after fire consumed the second Livingston County Courthouse on July 4, 1874. The plan for the courthouse was selected from a slate of ten candidate plans. The County Board of Supervisors noted at the time that the selected plan "cost more money (but) it was the only one which for size, fireproof qualities, and solidity would answer the purpose, and was indeed, in the matter of taste and elegance, much in advance of any other." However, the author of the 1915 The County Archives of the State of Illinois called the building "hardly fireproof". The courthouse clock tower was installed in 1892. It served as the county's primary judicial center until late 2011, when a replacement Law and Justice Center opened across the street, but officials announced plans to preserve the older building.

John C. Cochrane, a Chicago architect designed the Livingston County Courthouse in Second Empire style. The building is symmetrical and rectangular, standing two stories tall. Each of its four corners features a tower and there is also a central clock tower topping the building. Some architectural elements found on the structure include: quoins, cornices, a mansard roof, modillions, belt courses and patterned roof tiles. From the basement to the eaves the building stands 55 feet tall and the clock tower sits at 70 feet above the basement.

The Livingston County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on November 19, 1986. It was added because it met criteria for inclusion in the areas of politics and government as well as architecture. The building was the seat of judicial activity in Livingston County, Illinois from 1875 until the 21st century, and it is a locally excellent example of Second Empire style.

Photo captured August 4, 2019.

NIKON D7000 1/180 second F/11.0 ISO 200 39 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

It is beautiful.

26 Sep 2019 5:17am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Beautiful and original architecture. I like colors of this building.

26 Sep 2019 5:26am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

une architecture peu commune

26 Sep 2019 6:04am

claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Très belle construction , j'aime beaucoup !

26 Sep 2019 6:37am

Existence Artistique from Angers, France


26 Sep 2019 7:27am

Ralf Kesper from Fröndenberg, Germany

Nice sugarloaf style.

26 Sep 2019 8:20am

Ana Lúcia from Leiria, Portugal

Gorgeous architectural shot.

26 Sep 2019 8:42am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Nicely documented and well captured architectural shot. It looks too cheerful to be a courthouse :)

26 Sep 2019 9:01am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very impressive building. Excellent color and very well photographed Steven. 5*

26 Sep 2019 11:21am

Rose from United States

Wow, this is sure a beauty!

26 Sep 2019 12:31pm

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Lovely building

26 Sep 2019 12:57pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

Beautifully composed . The light and color is lovely.

26 Sep 2019 1:29pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

quelle lumière et bel édifice fantastique vue
Belle soirée

26 Sep 2019 2:45pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Wonderful image !

26 Sep 2019 4:28pm

Marcel P. from Wallonie, Belgium


26 Sep 2019 4:41pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Impressive architecture

26 Sep 2019 4:43pm

willy from Belgium

j'aime l’architecture de superbe palais de justice Steven

une image de toute beauté


26 Sep 2019 5:13pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

what a magnificent structure and so well cared for

your capture is exceptional and wow, what a sky

26 Sep 2019 5:59pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle architecture. Vraiment très clean.

26 Sep 2019 6:24pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Belle architecture. Vraiment très clean.

26 Sep 2019 6:25pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

such beautiful frame, clouds, colors & lights!
Lovely architecture.

26 Sep 2019 7:43pm

London Caller from United Kingdom

This is probably the most fanciful courthouse I have ever seen.
Very Disney. :)

26 Sep 2019 8:11pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

très intéressante architecture !!!

26 Sep 2019 8:24pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A gorgeous image of this fine old courthouse. That blue sky really makes it pop.

26 Sep 2019 8:26pm

Don from Spokane, United States

Marvelous capture of this classic looking courthouse. I like his paint job particularly

26 Sep 2019 10:04pm

Martine Girard from Brest, France

Magnifique maison, j'aime beaucoup ses formes originales.

26 Sep 2019 11:28pm

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a wonderful building and you have captured so much elaborate detail under the pretty sky

27 Sep 2019 12:36am

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I love County Courthouse. I wish I'd made a collection of shots of the ones I have seen over the years. This one is very attractive.

27 Sep 2019 1:27am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

A magnificent building. Gorgeous architecture. I love the colors. Beautifully photographed.

27 Sep 2019 2:17am

Jeanmadis from Chonburi, Thailand

Franchement, ce style architectural de ressemble à rien... c'est moche... ce qui n'enlève rien à la qualité de ton image.
Merci en tout cas pour les informations jointes qui éclairent quelque peu mon ignorance en la matière.

27 Sep 2019 3:57am

Ginnie from Netherlands

I am so in love with these architectural beauties, Steven, especially seen in America's southern states. This one is outstanding.

27 Sep 2019 5:09am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Superbe bâtisse bien mise en valeur sous ce magnifique ciel bleu.
Belle fin de soirée Steven

27 Sep 2019 5:55pm

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This building looks even grander against the blue sky backdrop.

28 Sep 2019 2:34am

yoshimiparis from France

it is a colorful building with beautiful architecture

28 Sep 2019 5:11am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

What a lovely building . . and perfect presentation.

28 Sep 2019 5:23am

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Excellent composition.

29 Sep 2019 9:16pm

Urspo from phoenix, United States

Lovely !

30 Sep 2019 3:23am

Remus from Portugal

It's like a palace.
Beautifully composed and the light and color is great.

30 Sep 2019 2:09pm

Devi from Chennai, India

Fantastic image here !! Lovely piece of architecture...and a beautiful sky !!

30 Sep 2019 2:53pm

Elizabeth Buckalew from Flagstaff, United States

Gosh what an amazing looking building... and wonderful photo!!!

14 Oct 2019 3:15am