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PCN Show Featuring Clarion County Courthouse, Jail to Air Tonight at 7 p.m.
The courthouse will be highlighted on an upcoming PCNTV show set to air on September 13.
Each year, the County Commissioners Association of Pennsylvania (CCAP) teams with PCNTV to produce up to five Historic Courthouse programs. Forest and Venango counties’ courthouses have each been featured in previous years shows. You can find those video’s here.
For the opportunity to be featured on the show, Pennsylvania county officials are invited to submit an entry detailing their courthouse’s history and the information the county wishes to highlight each year. CCAP then selects the counties to be featured based upon the submissions and works with county officials to plan everything from video content, locations, and sound and lighting specifics to speakers, schedules, and other logistics.
“Clarion County officials did a terrific job of preparing the courthouse and adjacent areas for the taping, as well as gathering historical information and specifics related to what is now its third courthouse, built in 1883,” said Ken Kroski, Director of Media and Public Relations for CCAP.
According to Kroski, Clarion was one of the first counties to incorporate drone use to acquire footage of the building for their submission.
CCAP and PCNTV staff visited Clarion County on August 13 to tape the program.
Kroski noted that the Clarion County Courthouse building, which was built in 1883, is reminiscent of the Queen Anne style of architecture that typifies the architecture of the Victorian Age. This style of architecture is known for decorative details such as round towers and decorative gables, elaborate motifs, steeply pitched irregular roofs, differing wall textures, and an asymmetrical façade.
Clarion’s courthouse building boasts a 213-foot elevation from the ground to the top of the tower figure, and the tower rests on foundation walls four feet thick made out of hand-carved stone.
According to Kroski, unlike the more commonly found Lady Justice, it is believed the figure on top of Clarion’s courthouse was most likely sculpted to mimic the Greek Goddess Themis, a symbol of order and justice in Greek Mythology.
Kroski also noted the courthouse boasts not only intricate details on the exterior of the building but also on the interior as well, including beautiful rooms with expansive windows, original floor tiles containing intricate patterns, and even detailed designs on the hinges of the steel enforced doors, and the large, functioning courtrooms retain the same setup used in 1883 with many of the original fixtures still utilized today.
The show is set to air at 7:00 p.m. on September 13 on PCN.
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