With its impressive domed clock tower, round-arched windows, and modillioned portico, the Lowndes County Courthouse seems to characterize the confident neoclassicism of the early 20th century. But in fact, it is a somewhat rare antebellum courthouse, built in 1847 and attributed to renowned Columbus architect James Lull, who designed “Riverview,” a National Historic Landmark. In 1901, Chattanooga architect Reuben Harrison Hunt, who seemingly designed most of Columbus from the 1890s to the 1910s, dressed up the building, adding the tower and portico. I’ve never seen a photo of the building before Hunt’s renovation, but I suppose that its essential antebellum character, remodeled though it was, is what earned it a photograph in the 1936 Historic American Buildings Survey, since HABS at that time was not really paying much attention to 20th-century buildings.
HABS online record: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/ms0070/
MDAH Historic Resources Database record: http://www.apps.mdah.ms.gov/Public/prop.aspx?id=20801&view=facts&y=728
More Historic American Buildings Survey. . .