Luzerne County Courthouse in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, is a unique, magnificent, and fascinating building. Its styling and detailed decorations make it one of the most artistic and decorated of the state's county courthouses. The courthouse is the seat and hub of government for all of Luzerne County and one of the finest structures of its kind in the United States. The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in June 1980.
BuildingThe building and its furnishings, together with the grounds, cost approximately $2 million in the 1890s. The courthouse included an early version of air conditioning using fans and water-heavy air, but the trial failed, as the humidity caused was found to be even worse than the heat. The building finally had working air conditioning installed in the 1960s.
The courthouse has some of the most beautiful art in the entire state. The paintings and murals demonstrate the friendliness and hospitality of the people of Wilkes-Barre and the agriculture, mechanical, and mining industries that have flourished in the region. The paintings typify the five counties that grew out of the original Luzerne County: Luzerne, Susquehanna, Bradford, Lackawanna, and Wyoming.
There are many portraits of famous people from Northeastern Pennsylvania in the courthouse. Collectively, these individuals symbolize the enormous contributions that the area has made to Pennsylvania and the world.
The courthouse's rotunda has a marble finish, floors are made of Tennessee marble, and ceilings feature mosaics. There are five courtrooms, and four have murals over the judge's bench depicting themes of "Justice," "Prosperity Under the Law," "The Judicial Virtues," and "The Awakening of a Commonwealth."
Take a tour of the Luzerne County Courthouse online, or visit in person at 200 N. River St. in Wilkes-Barre.
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