Chatham County Courthouse

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Chatham County Courthouse
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Chatham County Courthouse is located in North Carolina
Chatham County Courthouse
Location NC 15-501 and Highway 64, Pittsboro, North Carolina
Coordinates 35°43′12″N 79°10′39″W / 35.72000°N 79.17750°W / 35.72000; -79.17750Coordinates: 35°43′12″N 79°10′39″W / 35.72000°N 79.17750°W / 35.72000; -79.17750
Built 1881
Architectural style Late Victorian
Governing body Chatham County, North Carolina
MPS North Carolina County Courthouses TR
NRHP Reference # 79001691[1]
Added to NRHP May 10, 1979

The Chatham County Courthouse is a historic courthouse located at Pittsboro, Chatham County, North Carolina. It sits at the center of town in the middle of a traffic circle. It was built in 1881 for $10,666 and is a two-story rectangular brick structure in the Late Victorian style. It features a two-story classical portico crowned with a distinctive three-stage cupola. A one-story addition was built in the 1930s by the Works Progress Administration. In 1959, extensive renovations were performed on the building.[2]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979.[1] It is located in the Pittsboro Historic District.

A fire on March 24, 2010 did great damage to the building which was in the midst of another renovation.[3][4] The restored building reopened April 20, 2013 with an exhibit covering Chatham County history on the first floor and a courtroom on the second.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  2. ^ Mary Ann Lee and Joe Mobley (n.d.). "Courthouses in North Carolina: Chatham County Courthouse" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2014-08-01. 
  3. ^ Anne Blythe (2010-03-24). "Historic Chatham County courthouse burns". Raleigh News & Observer. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  4. ^ "Exterior walls of Chatham County courthouse may be salvageable". Chatham Journal Weekly. 2010-03-26. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  5. ^ Goodtree, Hal (2013-04-21). "Historic Chatham County Courthouse Restored". Cary Citizen. Retrieved 2013-04-23.