Between the canal and the railroad, this Fountain County town had a great location for growth!
Fountain County Courthouse in Covington, Indiana
Built at a cost of $246,734, according to the Indiana Township Association, (mind you this is back in the 1930’s) you can imagine that it is a very striking structure!
Would you believe that it’s also relatively untouched? It is on the National Register of Historic Places and, according to the June 8, 1940 edition of the Indy Star Newspaper, it was deemed ” the most significant example of a New Deal art and architecture project in Indiana.”
In other words: it is gorgeous!
New Deal Art and ArchitectureIn my digging around, I discovered that the architects, a Louis R. Johnson, who was from Fountain County, and Walter Scholer from Lafayette, were rather well-known.
Scholer, in fact, designed buildings in West Lafayette and even on the Purdue University Campus.
According to the Fountain County Courthouse website, Walter Scholer was also well-known for his 1933 Wieboldt-Rostone House that was on display at the 1933 Century of Progress World’s Fair in Chicago, Illinois. Pretty neat, eh?
They made use of Rostone, a synthetic stone-like material that you will find on the spandrel, otherwise known as the place between the arches. Aren’t they something? This stately limestone courthouse has amazing, heavy-looking doors, scroll work, and gorgeous lights.
Go ThereIt isn’t every day that you will find such a glorious Art Deco example in Indiana!
If you’ve got the opportunity (and arrive during the week), I strongly recommend stepping inside the Fountain County Courthouse in Covington, Indiana. I’ve heard there are murals that are really something.
Small Towns: Destinations, not Drive-Thrus! I’m Jessica Nunemaker and THIS is little Indiana!
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Fountain County Courthouse
301 4th Street
Covington, Indiana 47932
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