Archives Photograph Collection

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title:

The Monroe County Courthouse

image number:

P0024525

description:

This image scanned from the Cornelius Pering letter held in the Indiana University Archives. Search the accession number 0036 to see images of all of the pages of the letter as well as details of the watercolor images. For a description of the entire letter see image P0024522.

Pering describes this image in his letter, in full: "...the center of this town; the middle building is the Courthouse where all the judicial business is transacted. On the left of it is the jail; on the right the clerk's office and County Library. The white weatherboard house on the the right forms the angle of the street. A courthouse exists in every County Town and all that I have seen have been built in precisely the same manner; a square brick building with three windows above and one on each side below; a cupola and spire as high above the roof as that is from the ground. A parapet brick wall surrounds these buildings. Near the house which is occupied as a store is a rack, as it is called, to which persons coming in from the country fasten their horses. You will see a log or two lying about the street, which is not unusual in a country town. Sixteen years ago, a gentleman told me, he could scarcely ride through Louisville for logs and mudholes, which was then an inconsiderable place; it has now fine, wide paved streets; shops as gay as any in Bristol; splendid hotels, public gardens, hackney coaches, and cabs in abundance."

date taken:

1833 August 27

photographer studio:

Pering, Cornelius (as artist)

accession number:

0036

building name:

Monroe County Courthouse (1826)

building name:

Monroe County Jail

building name:

Monroe County Library

building name:

Monroe County Clerk's Office

topic:

Courthouses

topic:

Libraries

topic:

Jails

topic:

Bloomington (Downtown & General Street Scenes)

topic:

Art

topic:

Watercolors

city:

Bloomington

state:

Indiana

other place name:

Courthouse Square

series:

Buildings & Grounds