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Wood County Courthouse

Court Square at 3rd and Market Streets, Parkersburg

Wood County Courthouse This three-and-one-half story imposing masonry building is the third county courthouse that was built on Court Square in Parkersburg. Constructed in 1899 during the days of the region’s oil and gas boom, the Richardsonian Romanesque style of the Wood County Courthouse reflects the area’s wealth at the end of the 19th century. Typical of this style of architecture, the building combines massive elements, such as the heavy and durable rock-faced walls, with the subdued yet intricate details found in many of the building’s carved-stone figures. The bust of a woman with upraised arms supporting a basket or crown located above the building’s southwest entrance is an especially nice example. The size and scale of the arched window and door openings, and the impressive tower are also typical of this style. The interior of the Wood County Courthouse was also carefully planned and laid out, although much of the original symmetry has been lost through the years. An excellent local example of an architectural style that was created and popularized by Henry H. Richardson, the courthouse has become a cherished landmark in Wood County. – LAL


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