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Fairfield County Courthouse in Danbury
Copyright 1905

Copyright  1907

Postmarked 1908

Postmarked 1915

While presiding over the placing of the cornerstone for the new Fairfield County Courthouse in Danbury, the Hon. Lyman D. Brewster said, "…the predecessor of the present courthouse, the 1823 structure, despite an enlargement of 16 feet in 1879, was inadequate for modern use and requirements, and ill-suited to the comfort of suitors and jurors, lawyers and judges."

With that, the cornerstone was placed for the Courthouse, which opened its doors as the world welcomed the 20th Century. The imposing brick and granite structure was designed by Bridgeport architect Warren R. Briggs, who also designed the Fairfield County Courthouse in Bridgeport and the Connecticut Building, the Electric Scenic Theater and Natatorium at the World's Columbian Exposition.

Danbury's first courthouse was built in 1785 at the same location and was complete with old stocks and whipping posts near its front entrance. The stocks and the whipping posts were dispensed with when the city's second courthouse was built in 1824.

Today the Courthouse is part of the Main Street Historic District. Not far from its entrance is a boulder that marks the spot where the first shot was fired at British invaders during the American Revolution. Still in use, the Courthouse serves as the Courthouse for Juvenile Matters.

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Postmarked 1907


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