courthouse at night border


Often described as the jewel in the county’s crown, the Gibson County courthouse sits right in the center of its county seat of Princeton. The present structure is the third courthouse built in Princeton. Its cornerstone, which can be seen on the northeast corner of the building, was laid in 1884 and construction was completed in 1886 at a cost of $188,661.00.  With its four corner towers framing four original center entries that form a Greek cross, it stands as a picturesque example of the Romanesque Revival style of architecture. The north and south entries to the courthouse feature high relief male mascarons while the east and west entries feature high relief female mascarons. The exterior of the courthouse was built using limestone from Bedford, Indiana and brick manufactured in St. Louis. Interior construction materials included black walnut grown in the county as well as mosaic tiles and oak flooring.  The courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984 and was also used as a model for a piece in the Original Department 56 Snow Village Collection. The courthouse is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4 pm. Guided tours can be scheduled by contacting the Gibson County Visitors & Tourism Bureau at 888-390-5825.101 North Main St.
Princeton, IN  47670