Laurel County Courthouse - London, Ky.

Let me start by saying that the Kentucky Almanac led me astray on the Rockcastle County factoid. There appear to be a number of counties that are not named after people, i.e. Ohio and today's entry, Laurel County.
Downtown London is really nice. Its very clean, and contains a nice mix of older and new buildings. London's appreciation for aesthetics is really evident in the courthouse pictured above. It is the third courthouse to sit on this site, after a second was destroyed by fire. This Georgian-style courthouse was built in 1961, yet looks much, much older.

London is also home to a Federal building and courthouse, pictured above. The old Federal building is to the left, and a new Federal Courthouse fits in perfectly with the surroundings. Then, across the street sits. . .

This insanely huge judicial center. I don't know if the massiveness of the building is really conveyed by this picture, but I can't imagine that enough business is conducted in Laurel County to necessitate this thing. Maybe I'm wrong.


PJWB said…
That's a lot of courthouses! The old Laurel Co. CH is really pretty, especially considering that it is from the 1960s. And the new courthouse is nothing less than a monstrosity. But, I've seen so many under construction that simply dwarf the neighboring streetscape.

As for the Federal courthouse complex, the old courthouse (built 1919) has a beautiful courtroom (the semi-circle on the back of the building you can kind of see it on the rear of the building).

I hope the Kentucky120 project has the chance to cover all the Federal courthouses in Ky., too!
Anonymous said…
I agree! It is ridiculously large. I prefer our federal courthouse.
PJWB said…
I forgot about my old London post in which I referred to London as a "judicial metropolis."