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Adams County Courthouse
Location 112 S. Second St., Decatur, Indiana
Area less than 1 acre (4,000 m2)
Built 1873
Architectural style Second Empire
NRHP reference No. 08000914
Added to NRHP September 17, 2008

Adams County Courthouse is located in the city of Decatur, the county seat of Adams County, Indiana. It was built in 1872–1873 at a cost of $78,979. The designer was J. C. Johnson, who had been trained as a carpenter and joiner and became a self-taught architect; he won second place in the Indiana State Capitol design competition.


The construction was done by Christian Boseker of Fort Wayne. It is built of red brick with stone ornamentation.

The building and three associated objects was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 17, 2008. Included in the NRHP listing are:

  • Peace Monument, a limestone statue of a female figure
  • Elephant Rock, a memorial to author Gene Stratton-Porter, consisting of a gneiss glacial boulder with a bronze plaque
  • Pioneer Memorial, a bronze plaque and stand, from 1936

Featured property

It is the 12th property listed as a featured property of the week in a program of the National Park Service that began in July, 2008.

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