Old Monroe County Courthouse

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Old Monroe County Courthouse
Alabama-Monroe County Courthouse retired.jpg
Old Monroe County Courthouse is located in Alabama
Old Monroe County Courthouse
Old Monroe County Courthouse is located in the US
Old Monroe County Courthouse
LocationCourthouse Sq., Monroeville, Alabama
Coordinates31°31′38″N 87°19′27″W / 31.52722°N 87.32417°W / 31.52722; -87.32417Coordinates: 31°31′38″N 87°19′27″W / 31.52722°N 87.32417°W / 31.52722; -87.32417
Area1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built1903
Architectural styleEclecticism
NRHP reference #73000366[1]
Added to NRHPApril 26, 1973

The Old Monroe County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building in Monroeville, Alabama that served as the Monroe County courthouse from 1903 to 1967.[1]

The Old Monroe County Courthouse was the model for the set used in the film
A scene from the play performed in the Old Courthouse

It is significant as an Alabama literary landmark due to its association with Harper Lee and Truman Capote, both of whom spent their childhood in Monroeville and featured the courthouse in their work. Capote mentions it in his A Christmas Memory and it inspired the fictional courthouse in Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

The film adaptation of Lee's novel was heavily influenced by the courthouse, with production designers measuring and photographing the building and then recreating a close duplicate of the interior on a sound stage for filming of the courtroom scenes. The producers originally wanted to use the actual courthouse in Monroeville as the movie set, but due to the modernization of the town since Lee's birth in addition to the poor audio quality in the courthouse, they made the backlot in Hollywood instead. [2]

Due to the accuracy of the recreated courthouse in Hollywood, many Alabamians still believe that the film was shot in Monroeville. The Old Courthouse in Monroe County is now a theater for many plays on "To Kill a Mockingbird" as well a museum dedicated to multiple authors from Monroeville, including Lee.[3][4][5]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.[1]

The courthouse is now one of the Monroe County Museums and is operated as the Old Courthouse Museum. The building has been restored to a 1930s appearance and also features exhibits about Capote and Lee.

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  1. ^ a b c National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ W. Warner Floyd (March 29, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Old Monroe County Courthouse". National Park Service. Retrieved April 2, 2013. See also: "Accompanying photos".
  3. ^ "To Kill a Mockingbird | 1962". Movie Locations. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  4. ^ ""To Kill a Mockingbird" - A 50th Anniversary Restoration of the Classic Film". Southern Literary Trail. Retrieved 4 August 2018.
  5. ^ "To Kill a Mockingbird". Filming Locations. Retrieved 4 August 2018.

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