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Provo in Utah County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Historic Utah County Courthouse

Utah Historic Site

 
 
Historic Utah County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
1. Historic Utah County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.  The Provo City and County Building, now called the Historic Utah County Courthouse, was built between 1920-1926. Joseph Nelson, the architect, traveled with a committee to the West Coast to gather ideas from other administration buildings, prepared sketches, and submitted a plan that was accepted by the committee in 1919. Rudine and Chytraus were the contractors for this two-and-one-half story Neoclassical building. Built of oolitic limestone from Sanpete County, the lower portion of the building is faced with granite from Little Cottonwood Canyon.
The sculpture grouping within the pediment was designed by Joseph Nelson and executed by sculptor Joseph Conradi. The figure of justice stands in the center with female figures on each side representing Utah County and Provo City. Horticulture, dairying, mining, livestock, and farming on the left, and music, sculpture, industry, letters, and painting on the right, are the various arts and industries symbolized in this grouping.
The interior is also elaborately ornamented. The central two-story foyer incorporates a painted arched ceiling and a stained glass skylight. The stairs at the
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rear of the central pavilion curve upward to the mezzanine. Two long narrow atria with coffered ceilings are accented with stained glass panels below the skylights. The floors throughout are of Alaskan marble.
 
Erected 1997 by Division of State History.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Architecture. A significant historical year for this entry is 1919.
 
Location. 40° 13.967′ N, 111° 39.49′ W. Marker is in Provo, Utah, in Utah County. Marker is on South University Avenue, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 50 South University Avenue, Provo UT 84601, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Escalante Trail (within shouting distance of this marker); Weeping American Elm (within shouting distance of this marker); Utah County Statehood Centennial (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Knight Block (about 400 feet away); A Place of Gathering (about 500 feet away); Reed Smoot House (about 700 feet away); 104 West Center (approx. 0.2 miles away); 110-120 West Center (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Provo.
 
Historic Utah County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
2. Historic Utah County Courthouse Marker
Utah County Courthouse Pediment image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
3. Utah County Courthouse Pediment
The figure of justice stands in the center with female figures on each side representing Utah County and Provo City. Horticulture, dairying, mining, livestock, and farming on the left, and music, sculpture, industry, letters, and painting on the right, are the various arts and industries symbolized in this grouping.
Historic Utah County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
4. Historic Utah County Courthouse
The floors throughout are of Alaskan marble.
Historic Utah County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Bill Kirchner, October 2, 2018
5. Historic Utah County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on April 29, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 495 times since then and 44 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 29, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   3, 4. submitted on April 30, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   5. submitted on April 29, 2020, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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