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Published July 16, 2013, 06:27 PM

Grand Forks County Courthouse celebrates 100th birthday

The Grand Forks County Courthouse turns 100 today, and hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the building's centennial.

By: Cynthia Johnson, WDAZ

The Grand Forks County Courthouse turns 100 today, and hundreds of people gathered to celebrate the building's centennial.

After 100 years, the courthouse has gone through a lot, like the shooting of Judge Lawrence Jahnke in 1992 and surviving the 97 flood. Historians say this is virtually the same courthouse that was built 100 years ago. All the main hallways, the woodwork and the lettering on the doors are the same. The building also still has a lot of original furniture like courtroom benches and public seating. Still, the courthouse has gone through some changes like the repairs to the dome in the 80's and a $3.2 million electrical and technology update in 2004. Even though the courthouse was built when the city was only 40 years old, it had a significant impact on the future of the town.

The courthouse was built in the Beaux Art Neoclassical style, very formal and symmetrical with columns and hand-carved stone. Historians say it was a very popular style 100 years ago, and seems it's the same today.

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