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Visit Fairfax County and the Fairfax County Historic Courthouse

PHOTO CREDIT: Fairfax County, Virginia

Location: 4000 Chain Bridge Road / Main Street
Built: 1799 – 1800
Style: Colonial Revival
Architect: James Wren
Contractor: John Bogue and Marengo Dykes

Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building rectangular shaped building faces east and was completed in 1800. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Fairfax. The building was constructed with Flemish Bond brick. The building has a wide first story porch on the east front with large arches. On the center of the roof is a white colored octagonal cupola. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the first story and has wooden stairs ascending to a balcony on the second story. There is carved paneling, a fireplace and a blind pedimented architrave behind the judge’s bench. The building was restored in 1965 to 1967. The architect was Walter Macomber. In 1891, a new structure was built to house the jail after the previous jail burned in 1884 and included space for the County Clerk. On the south side is the large addition constructed in 1929 to 1931. The architect was William I Denning. The building was expanded again in 1951 to 1956 with the addition of a center block with large white colored cupola and another wing identical to the 1929 wing. The architect was Robert A Willgoos and Dwight Chase.

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