Columbia County

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Columbia

Columbia County is named for “Columbia”, a poetic name for the United States of America that alludes to Christopher Columbus.

 

Created:  March 22, 1813

County Seat:

Bloomsburg  1813 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bloomsburg  

 

Location:  35 West Main Street / Whitman Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  A S Wagner

Contractor:  Mathias Shaffer

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story dark red colored brick structure. The south front consists of three sections, a projecting bay on the east, a large square brick tower in the center rising six story with clock and a half octagon on the west side. There is a small arched porch over the entrance in the centre section. The roof is hipped. The 1890 addition was a major reconstruction of the existing building.

 

Note:  The original courthouse was designed by Napoleon LeBrun in 1848 and an addition was added to the rear in 1868. The present courthouse resulted when a large addition was constructed on the front of the building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lycoming County and Sullivan County

E – Luzerne County

S – Schuykill County 

W – Northumberland County and Montour County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2015