Chatham County Courthouse

Also known as: Old Chatham County Courthouse
NC 15-501 and Highway 64, Pittsboro, North Carolina

Photos 

Chatham County Courthouse

Photo during reconstruction after fire

Photo taken by Michael Miller

Map 

Street View 

Description 

The Chatham Courthouse building was severely damaged by fire on March 25, 2010. The structure was undergoing renovations at the time and was completely surrounded by scaffolding. Investigation determined the fire was started by a soldering iron being used to repair the building's gutters. The cupola clock tower completely collapsed while portions of the third floor collapsed into the second floor. Chatham County Commissioners have voted to rebuild the courthouse. The signifigance of the structure and the fire which destroyed it were noted in the US House of Representatives by the floor introduction of HRES 1364 by Rep. David Price, D-NC, 4th District. Many times on trips to western NC I have detoured through Pittsboro just to see this building.

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 10, 1979
Reference number
79001691
Architectural style
Victorian
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
State
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Courthouse
Current function
Courthouse
Period of significance
1875-1899
Significant year
1881

Update Log 

  • September 24, 2014: Updated by Michael Miller: Corrected "Status" to reflect the building's reopening.
  • October 29, 2013: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • July 16, 2010: Updated by Curtis Lee: Destroyed/to be rebuilt

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