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Bedford, Indiana Courthouse Square street view panoramic photograph

 Collection — Object: OBF010
Identifier: OBF010

Scope and Contents

This collection comprises a black-and-white panoramic photograph taken by Long Studio of an intersection of Courthouse Square in Bedford, Indiana on May 21, 1927, showing the lengths of the two intersecting streets with numerous storefronts and parked cars, as well as a view of the historical courthouse. The intersection is most likely I Street and 15th Street.


  • 1927/05/21

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Courthouse Square in Bedford, Indiana is bounded by 15th, 16th, I, and J streets downtown. The Lawrence County Courthouse occupies the center of the square, surrounded by greenspace with several monuments and memorials today. The streets around the square are lined with numerous 19th- and 20th-century commercial buildings with storefronts facing the courthouse.

The first courthouse in Bedford, a 2-story log building, was built in 1825 on the east side of the public square. Situated in the center of the public square, the second Lawrence County Courthouse was a 2-story brick building completed in 1834. The third Lawrence County Courthouse building was a decorative 3-story affair, constructed of Bedford-quarried stone and finished in 1872. The interior of the courthouse was condemned in April 1929 so the city immediately began planning the building's future. The present-day and fourth courthouse was designed by Lafayette, Indiana architect Walter Scholer. It was constructed around the old building and completed in 1930, costing $390,000. The Italiante-style round arched entry of the old courthouse still remains in the current structure, while the rest of the building was encased in limestone and redesigned.


Item in the collection.

"Beford to Dedicate New Courthouse Armistice Day." Indianapolis Star, November 9, 1930. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service. "Bedford Courthouse Square Historic District." National Register of Historic Places Registration Form. April 26, 1995. Accessed March 22, 2022.

"Work Rushed to Dedicate New Courthouse in Bedford." Indianapolis Star, August 31, 1930. Accessed March 22, 2022. ProQuest.


0.1 Cubic Feet (1 panoramic photograph)

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This collection consists of one item.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Existence and Location of Copies

The photograph from the collection is available online in the ISL Digital Collections:

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/03/22 by Brittany Kropf. EAD finding aid created 2022/03/22 by Brittany Kropf.
Bedford, Indiana Courthouse Square street view panoramic photograph
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.