Thursday, June 16, 2011

The Historic Delaware County Courthouse: Gone But Not Forgotten

The historic Delaware County Courthouse structure was built in 1887 and occupied a substantial block in the heart of downtown Muncie, a city that was thriving due to the discovery of natural gas in the area. The courthouse featured a clock, an impressive dome topped by a gas torch, and three statues entitled Indian, Agriculture and Industry that represented the history of the county.

This elegant Beaux-arts style courthouse was designed by Indiana architect Brentwood S. Tolan. Utilized until Muncie city officials determined in the 1960s that a modern facility was needed, the courthouse was torn down in 1966.

The Digital Media Repository's Delaware County Courthouse Collection recalls this historic building with architectural drawings, such as elevations, floor plans, and details. Also included is the pamphlet Preserving the Story (cover shown below), written by Muncie newspaper columnist and photographer Dick Greene. This pamphlet describes the history of Delaware County, Indiana's four courthouses.