Certified Landscape Architect. 1981 B.S. in Landscape Architecture at the University of Virginia; 1989 MLA II Landscape Architecture at Harvard Graduate School of Design. Resident of Charlotte County, Virginia. Our Jefferson-designed courthouse in Charlotte Court House is perhaps the best preserved and most outstanding example of a Jefferson-designed courthouse building and surrounding square in the state. It is at risk of loss of architectural integrity by the construction of a thoughtless new building and/or addition. Help save the Court House Square!
WE NEED YOUR HELP! A JEFFERSON BUILDING IS AT RISK! The Jefferson-designed courthouse in Charlotte Court House, Virginia is considered the most-well preserved and perhaps best example of Jefferson's Virginia courthouses. The village of Charlotte Court House is intact as a historic small town. The courthouse square, with its open grove of oaks, is surrounded by 19th c. buildings: a jail, Treasurer's office, clerk's office and handsome tavern. Across the street are three temple-fronted early 19th c. buildings which function as lawyers' offices. One is owned by the APVA.
The courthouse is being upgraded for security purposes. The entire square and integrity of the existing building is at risk of being destroyed by a thoughtless design process which has received no scholarly or professional critique. Please contact me if you are concerned.