Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Tazewell County Courthouse, Pekin, Illinois

The Tazewell County Courthouse is a fantastic example of Beaux-Arts architecture in the early Twentieth Century, and is also listed on the National Register.The building was designed by the firm of Deal & Ginzel, a partnership between John Deal, an experienced builder turned architect, and the more classically trained architect Roland Ginzel.The firm built numerous public buildings throughout central Illinois, including courthouses and high schools.I love the detailing on this building, including the huge, ornate, almost baroque entrances on all four sides of the building.It's a stern building, without any frivolity or even a dome like so many courthouses in the Midwest, but it makes for a powerful presence in the middle of downtown Pekin.

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