Adams County Courthouse (Indiana)

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Adams County Courthouse
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Adams County Courthouse (Indiana) is located in Adams County, Indiana
Adams County Courthouse (Indiana)
Adams County Courthouse (Indiana) is located in Indiana
Adams County Courthouse (Indiana)
Adams County Courthouse (Indiana) is located in the US
Adams County Courthouse (Indiana)
Location 112 S. Second St., Decatur, Indiana
Coordinates 40°49′47″N 84°55′29″W / 40.82972°N 84.92472°W / 40.82972; -84.92472Coordinates: 40°49′47″N 84°55′29″W / 40.82972°N 84.92472°W / 40.82972; -84.92472
Area less than 1 acre (4,000 m2)[2]
Built 1873
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP Reference # 08000914[1]
Added to NRHP September 17, 2008[1]

Adams County Courthouse is located in the city of Decatur, the county seat of Adams County, Indiana. It was built in 1872–1873 at a cost of $78,979.[n 1] The designer was J. C. Johnson, who had been trained as a carpenter and joiner and became a self-taught architect; he won second place in the Indiana State Capitol design competition.

Construction[edit]

The construction was done by Christian Boseker of Fort Wayne. It is built of red brick with stone ornamentation.[4]

The building and three associated objects was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 2008.[2][1] Included in the NRHP listing are:

  • Peace Monument, a limestone statue of a female figure
  • Elephant Rock, a memorial to author Gene Stratton-Porter, consisting of a gneiss glacial boulder with a bronze plaque
  • Pioneer Memorial, a bronze plaque and stand, from 1936

Featured property[edit]

It is the 12th property listed as a featured property of the week in a program of the National Park Service that began in July, 2008.[1][5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ A $79,000 capital expense in 1872 would be roughly equivalent to $18,900,000 in 2010.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Announcements and actions on properties for the National Register of Historic Places, September 26, 2008". New listings. National Park Service. Retrieved 2008-10-20. 
  2. ^ a b Elizabeth Gallow and Beth Sullebarger (March 12, 2008) National Register of Historic Places Registration: Adams County, Indiana, Courthouse, National Park Service (62 pages including maps, plans, and 24 color photos, exterior and interior)
  3. ^ Williamson, Samuel H. (April 2010). Seven Ways to Compute the Relative Value of a U.S. Dollar Amount, 1774 to present. MeasuringWorth. Calculations made using Nominal GDP Per Capita, a measure of capital intensivity, using "the 'average' per-person output of the economy in the prices of the current year." This is a measure of the amount of capital and volume of labor required to reproduce the work over varying production methods, but assuming that money represents a proportion of the economy.
  4. ^ Counts, Will; Jon Dilts (1991). The 92 Magnificent Indiana Courthouses. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. pp. 8–9. ISBN 978-0-253-33638-5. 

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