TribLIVE

| News


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Westmoreland County Courthouse in Greensburg to be featured in TV series

Courthouse facts

• Part of the Downtown Greensburg Historic District

• Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978

• One of the tallest structures in Greensburg at 175 feet above street level

• Designed by William Kauffman in a Beaux Arts style

Dome design used on only one other building, a courthouse in British Columbia

Daily Photo Galleries

Monday, March 10, 2014, 12:01 a.m.
 

In the 1900s, visitors to Westmoreland County's courthouse stepped in to see a grand staircase that splits into two spirals.

A gaze up to the top of those staircases, carpeted in deep red, took in the century-old Greensburg structure's intricately detailed dome ceiling.

While the main entrance in later years shifted to a different location, the original portion of the building remains a favorite feature that visitors pause to appreciate.

“I think it's a very impressive entranceway,” said Commissioner R. Tyler Courtney. “It's just beautiful, so majestic.”

The four-story granite courthouse and its marble-covered interior will be featured on the Pennsylvania Cable Network in 2015 as part of a series featuring county courthouses from across the state.

Courtney nominated Westmoreland County in January and recently learned the building has been chosen for an episode next year.

“I'm very proud of the courthouse,” Courtney said. “I think it symbolizes Westmoreland County.”

Part-time county employee Myrna McCloskey, who has been conducting tours of the courthouse since 1979, will show the camera crews around. The original portion of the complex is her favorite.

“The architecture's just fantastic,” she said.

Built in 1906, the courthouse has an Italian Renaissance-style dome topped with an American flag. The interior of the dome is painted with floral arabesques and gold leaf.

Walls and ceilings in the rotunda are adorned with Renaissance-patterned mosaics and globular chandeliers.

Each of the nine courtrooms — four are original — are decorated differently, some with similar artistry as the dome ceiling and others with oak paneling and oil portraits. The original structure, built for $1.6 million, was restored in 1980 at a cost of $6.8 million, according to the county's application for the PCN program.

The original structure contains offices pertaining to the court system. An annex building, dedicated in 1979, houses county offices for many departments, including the commissioners, attorneys, Register of Wills, Prothonotary and Recorder of Deeds.

The main entrance is now through the annex building. The original entry is closed.

Renatta Signorini is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-837-5374 or rsignorini@tribweb.com.

 

 

 
 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Westmoreland

  1. Hookah bar on tap for Greensburg
  2. Ex-Milwaukee archbishop told he can’t spend final days at St. Vincent Archabbey
  3. Greensburg pawn shop aids in arrest of home repair scam suspect
  4. PennDOT to stabilize rock slide along Penn Adamsburg Road in Hempfield
  5. 3 identified in Route 66 crash near Delmont
  6. Walker: Latrobe gets ready to welcome Steelers back to camp
  7. Greensburg man charged with assaulting hospital guard
  8. State grant to aid Excela plans for orthopedic center in Hempfield
  9. Baggaley school principal seeks volunteers to build playground
  10. Penn Township sues to get blighted property cleaned
  11. Westmoreland County gets the word out about drug problem
Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.