Luzerne County Court House


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The Luzerne County Courthouse is a beautiful building along the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre, Luzerne County. The architect, Frederick John Osterling (1865-1934), designed and built the building between 1906 and 1909 in the Classical Revival style with a domed central rotunda 53 feet in diameter. The courthouse is constructed of Ohio sandstone, reinforced concrete, and terra cotta and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. A major restoration began in the summer of 2017, repairing some water-damaged artwork and designs. The upgrades included an LED lighting system, illuminating the dome without harming the finishes. Features include a 750-person theater, paved walkways, gardens, ornamental trees, seating areas, a fishing pier, and two grand gateways connecting the city to the river. Be sure to stop and admire the breathtaking architecture and the beauty of this building with stately marble columns, marble staircases, stained glass, and cherubs painted on the ceiling.



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