Livingston County Courthouse, Pontiac

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The Livingston County Courthouse is an historic building and a longtime judicial center for Livingston County, Illinois, United States. It is located in the county seat of Pontiac.HistoryThe current Livingston County Courthouse is the third building to carry that name. Construction on the present-day courthouse began in late 1874 and was completed late the next year. The courthouse was built after fire consumed the second Livingston County Courthouse on July 4, 1874. The plan for the courthouse was selected from a slate of ten candidate plans. The County Board of Supervisors noted at the time that the selected plan "cost more money (but) it was the only one which for size, fire-proof qualities, and solidity would answer the purpose, and was indeed, in the matter of taste and elegance, much in advance of any other." However, the author of the 1915 The County Archives of the State of Illinois called the building "hardly fireproof". The courthouse clock tower was installed in 1892. It served as the county's primary judicial center until late 2011, when a replacement Law and Justice Center opened across the street, but officials announced plans to preserve the older building.ArchitectureJohn C. Cochrane, a Chicago architect designed the Livingston County Courthouse in Second Empire style. The building is symmetrical and rectangular, standing two stories tall. Each of its four corners features a tower and there is also a central clock tower topping the building. Some architectural elements found on the structure include: quoins, cornices, a mansard roof, modillions, belt courses and patterned roof tiles. From the basement to the eaves the building stands 55 feet tall and the clock tower sits at 70 feet above the basement.
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  • Centre of the town this sits in the main square with all the the heart of the town surrounding it. It has a looks amazing is such a quaint and small town, we didn't get to go into the Courthouse but o...  more »
  • Around this attractive courthouse architecture, are monuments and statues that thank and honor Americans who sacrificed their lives in all the wars that the US fought in. In front and on both sides of...  more »
  • The Gibson city square was great. Many shops and museums. There were resale shops, restaurants a bakery, wine shop, clothing boutiques and much more. The Pontiac car museum was neat to see. There are small cars all over the square that the kiddos can get into...Great photo opportunities. The route 66 museum was also great.
  • Beautiful building, lots of history here. Loved the architecture.

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