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Historic Landmarks of
Boone Co, Indiana
Lebanon and Thorntown
Thorntown is a small town in Boone Co., about 20 miles from
Lebanon is the county seat of Boone Co., about 20 miles
northwest of Indianapolis.
Thorntown Public Library, 1915,
124 North Market Street
This building has some elements of the
Italianate style. Fashionable in England and the U.S. in the 1840's and
1850's, Italianate is characterized by low-pitched roofs and
heavily-bracketed arched windows. This building is similar in style to
the Colfax Public Library.
Boone County Courthouse,
Courthouse Square, Lebanon.
This style is characterized by the
Often present in Beaux-Arts buildings,
but not seen in this example, are:
- Heavy ashlar stone bases (ashlar is
squared building stone)
- Paired columns with plinths (square or
- Sculptural figures
- Monumental attics
- Cartouches (ornamental, often oval,
tablets framed with elaborate scroll-like carvings)
- Decorative swags (stone decorations
that look something like a hanging garland of flowers, leaves or
ribbon), and medallions (ornamental plaques, usually round or square)
A common feature of historic courthouses
are the domes which form interior rotundas. These make grand meeting
places for formal events. The rotundas boast high curved ceilings and
are frequently finished with fine marble. They often feature classical
statuary, skylights, murals and sometimes, stained-glass windows.
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These photos are courtesy of the
photographer, Mike Habeck (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Mike is with EcoIndiana
and, in addition to being concerned about historic architecture, is
also looking out for the state's natural environment. Our thanks to
Mike for sharing these photos.
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