Tour the Courthouse
Tippecanoe County Courthouse
Tippecanoe County Courthouse Woodwork
THE SECOND FLOOR:
Juvenile Probation
Superior Court V
Adult Probation
Light Well
“Old” Elevator (floors 1-4)
Elevator (floors 1-5)
Superior Court V Staff
Superior Court IV Staff
Clerks Office
Superior Court IV
Jury
The Second Floor

The second and third floor hallways are painted to look like granite, even to the extent that mortar lines have been added. This was very common paint detailing in the 1880s. Notice that there are three different shades of blocks incorporated into the wall.

Be sure to look up and see the original skylights. During the 1940s the skylights and the light wells were covered. Floors were constructed across them and they had been used as storage. Part of the restoration was to open them up and allow the natural light to filter into the interior spaces. A portion of the original terrazzo floor was left under the north skylight so it can be seen today.

1st floor terrzoo floor

No pictures exist of the building's original 48 chandelier wall sconces. During restoration, the architects used sconces similar in design to those in the Statehouse that were installed in the same time period.

In the Clerk's office and Adult Probation, mezzanines have been added to create additional working office space. The Clerk's workroom has the original terrazzo floor. Workers found a 9x9x30 space that has been opened up, and is now used for storage. A mezzanine was also added in the Probation Department.

The mural of the Battle of Tippecanoe is 48 feet long and was painted by Robert Grafton in 1915 for the old Fowler Hotel. In 1966 it was moved to the Courthouse and restored with the help of the Kiwanis Club.

Battle of Tippecanoe Mural
Bust — Tippecanoe County Courthouse

The four busts in the niches of the Courthouse rotunda are; General William Henry Harrison (Battle of Tippecanoe), William Digby (Founder of Lafayette), John Purdue (Benefactor of Purdue University), and Tecumseh (Great Shawnee Leader).

They were created by Susan Graham Wilde, who grew up in Lafayette, as part of the Bi-Sesqui-Centennial Celebration.

Bust — Tippecanoe County Courthouse


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