Missouri State Archives
MO Courthouses: Building Memories on the Square
January 18, 2007
1 hour 21 minutes 22 seconds (1:21:22)
Dennis Weiser discusses his new book, a pictorial review of Missouri's 114 county courthouses. Over three hundred images richly illustrate portraits of existing exteriors, architectural features and unique interior elements of design, as well as pictures of courthouses long ago removed from the landscape. From the earliest log structures to the 19 courthouses constructed in Missouri under the Public Works Administration (1934 - 1941), to the current trend of building annexes that save the courthouse proper for administrative or judicial functions, our courthouses are true public service buildings. Each must meet very real public demands for accessibility and increased response, while managing to meet citizens' more romantic notions of "what a courthouse should look like."