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Had a few minutes to spare so took a look around Monroe County's courthouse on the square in... read more

Reviewed July 13, 2018
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Columbus, Indiana
Beautiful building in the center of town!

This iconic courthouse in the center of town is right in the town square. Beautiful architecture... read more

Reviewed October 27, 2017
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Bridgewater NJ USA
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

always keep it up to date and well maintained looks great at christmas time a wonderful place too visit.

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Reviewed July 13, 2018

Had a few minutes to spare so took a look around Monroe County's courthouse on the square in Bloomington. Designed in the style of the public buildings of the Chicago and St. Louis World's Fairs at the turn of the 20th century, this interesting structure features a nice sculpture by Albert Molnar by the front entrance and several murals in the interior by Gustave Brand. The building itself is naturally clad in Indiana limestone for which the area around Bloomington is, of course, well known.

This is actually the third county courthouse built on this site - the first, basically a log cabin, dating back to the county's founding, with the present structure dating back to 1908. If you look closely at the top of the dome, there's a fish-shaped weather vane which previously sat atop the second courthouse. The interior of the dome is quite striking with extensive backlit stained glass panels. After view it from the ground floor, be sure to go up to the balconies on the second and third levels. In addition to the closer views of the domes interior and the various murals, there are some interesting architectural details such as the large faux marble finished columns. Also along the walls on the second and third floors are several large format photos from 19th and early 20th century Monroe County, including area soldiers preparing to depart for the Spanish-American and First World Wars.

Outside, there are good size monuments honoring Civil War and Second World War soldiers, the latter from the studio of Owen County sculptor E. M. Visquesney. The latter is in stone or cast concrete and is different than his more common "Spirit of the American Doughboy" honoring First World War soldiers seen at other courthouses around Indiana and beyond.

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Reviewed October 27, 2017

This iconic courthouse in the center of town is right in the town square. Beautiful architecture inside and out. Love the fish weathervane which is a town symbol. Marks the center of town with its dome and special lights at the holidays!

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Reviewed September 26, 2017

The history of the Monroe County Courthouse is worth examining, as are the changes that arose in its design and architecture. Even in the last 50 years, it has changed considerably, with the second floor removed and the atrium of the early design re-established.

Thank Gary H
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Reviewed September 3, 2017

We stopped in the court house while touring around the square area. The court house is beautiful--murals, stained glass dome, interesting history markers etc. It's still very much a working county building which adds to it's charm. I would definitely suggest taking some time to explore the courthouse (take the elevator to 3rd level for best viewing) and park around it.

Thank MaryE995
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Reviewed August 8, 2017

By and far the best time to visit is during the holidays. From the giant tree in the rotunda to the strings of lights that stretch from the roof to the surrounding buildings defiantly worth a visit.

Thank johnp36942
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Reviewed July 10, 2017

Provides a beautiful setting in downtown Bloomington. Excellent Christmas light display. Useful for local business but also acquaints a visitor with the downtown experience.

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Reviewed May 22, 2017

Downtown Bloomington is totally worth parking your car and going for a walk around the shops, down to the library, and onto campus. Bloomington and the IU campus merge together from the Courthouse to Sample Gates. The Courthouse itself is old-school Midwest, with the building in the middle of a literal town square, which is surrounded by shops and restaurants. So many town squares have fallen into neglect, but the proximity to campus and the library has made this square flourish. Make sure you step inside and look up, there are beautiful painting and stained glass that you'd never expect when looking from the outside! Also, on the day after Thanksgiving every year hundreds of people gather on the lawn to watch the "Canopy of Lights" be lit up by the arrival of Santa Claus. There's music, hot cocoa, caroling, and lots of old fashioned community spirit. For a town a large as Bloomington it's quite a feat to pull of something so small town feeling. The lights are strung from the courthouse to the surrounding buildings, so if you drive around the square you are driving under the canopy.

Thank SportsMoose
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Reviewed March 13, 2017

While it's not necessarily my go-to place when I walk downtown (it's largely for length purposes that I walk that far), I always loved the Christmas lights they'd put there every year. I remember my mom and I driving around the city to see them for several years, and now I'm trying to start a tradition of seeing them. I've never been able to see them at the actual ceremony but hopefully one day I will.

Thank ericvangucht
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Reviewed February 1, 2017

This courthouse was beautifully restored years ago. Interesting limestone facades with stained glass interior. Around Christmas lights stream outward around it. I really is a beautiful site inside and out.

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