Weston County Courthouse

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Weston County Courthouse
Weston County Courthouse Wyoming.JPG
Weston County Courthouse is located in Wyoming
Weston County Courthouse
Weston County Courthouse is located in the US
Weston County Courthouse
Location Newcastle, Wyoming
Coordinates 43°51′28″N 104°12′9″W / 43.85778°N 104.20250°W / 43.85778; -104.20250Coordinates: 43°51′28″N 104°12′9″W / 43.85778°N 104.20250°W / 43.85778; -104.20250
Built 1910
Built by M. J. Williams
Architect Charles A. Randall
Architectural style Renaissance, Beaux Arts
NRHP Reference # 01000930
Added to NRHP September 1, 2001[1]

The Weston County Courthouse in Newcastle, Wyoming, was designed by Charles A. Randall and built in 1910–11. The Beaux-Arts style courthouse is the most elaborate building in Newcastle, and a symbol of the community's prosperity at the time of its construction.[2]

The courthouse features a two-story central pavilion supported by paired Ionic columns supporting an entablature and pediment. The parapet is ornamented by galvanized metal globes with astatue of Justice on the top of the pediment. An octagonal cupola with arched windows crowns the building. A renovation has replaced the original doors with aluminum-framed units, infilled many windows with glass block and closed the cupola windows with wood panels.[3]

Construction of the courthouse was attended by difficulties with contracting. The first contractor was fired and replaced by John L. Sundstrom, Oscar Linden, Carl Sjostrum and Robert Linden with experience in stonemasonry. Work was complete in 1911, in time for a visit in October and an address from the courthouse steps by U.S. President William Howard Taft.[3]

A three-story wing dedicated as a war memorial was added on the west side of the building in 1953. The addition uses sandstone for the first two stories and brick for the upper floor to match the main building.[3]

The Weston County Courthouse resembles another Randall-designed courthouse, the Butte County, South Dakota Courthouse. The Weston County Courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2001.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ "Weston County Courthouse". National Register of Historic Places. Wyoming State Preservation Office. 2008-10-01. 
  3. ^ a b c Capps, Mary; Tysdal, Bobby Jo; Thompson, Paulette; Dumbrill, Lucille; Barritt, Liz (July 1, 2000). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Weston County Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved 2009-05-25. 

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