Photographer's Note

The Franklin County Courthouse is a finalist for the 8 Wonders of Kansas Architecture because it is the oldest surviving George P. Washburn courthouse in the state--and one of his most outstanding.

The pride of architect George P. Washburn's hometown of Ottawa, this 1893 structure was the second of 15 Kansas courthouses that Washburn designed.

Regarded as one of his most outstanding works, the courthouse is a distinctive blend of two styles: Romanesque Revival with its round arches and unique sculptural program, and Colonial Revival with its crisp red brick and white sandstone trim. This National Register of Historic Places property sits at the center of Ottawa's downtown, a statue of Justice standing over the west gable and a Charlie Norton sculpture of "Buffalo Woman" on a pedestal below. One of the towers is home to a large bell while another displays a four-sided clock.

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