Friday, February 27, 2009

Missoula County Courthouse

The sunlit tower of the Missoula County Courthouse caught my eye today as I was walking down Broadway, enjoying the unusually warm Montana winter afternoon! The clock tower atop the neoclassical sandstone block building has clocks on all four sides. Within the tower is a two-ton bell that rings on the half hour and the hour, also helping to attract the attention of this happy flaneur!

The Missoula County Courthouse, designed by A.J. Gibson, was constructed between 1908 and 1910 and occupies an entire city block. It contains eight (8) murals by Edgar Samuel Paxson.. The murals, depicting early Montana history, were completed in 1914 and installed in the grand foyer.

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