Lebanon

Lebanon is the county seat of Boone County and has a population of about 14,000.


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Boone county Indiana courthouse

Boone County Courthouse

This courthouse built of Indiana limestone was built from 1909 to 1911 and boasts of the largest single piece limestone pillars in the world, at least at the time of construction. They are over thirty five feet tall and four feet plus in diameter. It has somewhat of a classical Greek appearance but in my opinion, is no match to it’s predecessor as to looks or interest. The earlier courthouse was built in 1857 in the Gothic Revival style and had a beautiful styled tower. I read where the county commissioners of the time sold it for fifteen dollars and it was demolished. No thought as to history or beauty….many times I wish county commissioners would keep their hands off of the architectural gems.

Boone county Indiana courthouse dome

Boone County Courthouse Dome

While this style of architectural is so much better looking than what they put up in the thirties, I still like the older courthouses more. This glass dome rotunda is a great feature though and it is the second largest in Indiana at eighty four feet high and 52 feet wide.

Boone county Indiana courthouse dome

An Interior View of the Dome

It is very beautiful inside with the sunlight coming through the stained glass. If I had my tripod when I took this photo it would be much clearer and not so grainy. These photos were taken on May 6, 2010.

Lebanon Indiana courthouse square

Courthouse Square - East Side

The east and west sides of the square are the most complete and the south side has a half block of old intact buildings. In this view of the east side toward the right it can be seen that there is a building missing. If I remember correctly it was a pizza place and it caught on fire around ten to twelve years ago.

To the far left in the distance the old Carnegie library can be seen and only in a small town would you be able to see a small library downtown.

Old commercial on Lebanon Indiana courthouse square

Courthouse Square - Building on the East Side

One of the fine old buildings of this block. I am sure the enclosed stairway is nice for it’s purpose but is rather hideous for this old building, worst than bricking up windows and perhaps even a modern facade. These photos are looking to the northeast and were taken in the morning of May 6, 2010.

Lebanon Indiana courthouse square

Courthouse Square - West Side

The west side of the square looking southwest. I like the white building in the foreground, the ground floor facade is fairly original and the upper part is interesting and different from most courthouse square buildings.

Commerical buildings on courthouse square in Lebanon Indiana

Courthouse Square - South Side

Some nice old buildings south of the courthouse but only for the east half of the block. Looking southeast on May 6, 2010.

Old bulding in Lebanon Indiana

Courthouse Square - North Side

This is the only building on the north side of the courthouse that caught my eye, and the fact that it sits back from the street is different from most squares. It sits at the east end of the block on the northwest corner of Washington and Meridian streets.

Carnegie library in Lebanon Indiana

Carnegie Library

The Carnegie library was built around 1905 and sits on the northeast corner of Washington and Meridian streets. This view looks to the northeast.

Carnegie library in Lebanon Indiana

Carnegie Library - Old and New

This view shows the old and new library complex looking northeast on May 6, 2010.

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