Designed by Isaac Gale Perry and built in 1897, the Broome County Courthouse stands in Binghamton's Courthouse Square. It is the fifth County Courthouse to be built, and the third at this location.
The Broome County Courthouse
we see today is actually the fifth in a series of courthouses, and the third to
stand in this spot. The first was a
small wooden structure built in 1802.
Originally located across the street where the Perry Building now
stands, it was soon moved to the courthouse square, then replaced in 1806, and
again in 1828. The fourth courthouse,
built in 1856, was destroyed by fire forty years later, and the current
structure was built the following year.
Designed by Isaac Gale Perry, it is of similar style and maintains the
same footprint as its predecessor. The
copper dome, with four clocks and a statue of Lady Justice on top, is supported
by a steel superstructure. Built in the
Classicism of the late 19th century, the portico is marked by six
free-standing Ionic columnns.
Standing at the base of the
courthouse steps is a statue of Daniel Stevens Dickinson, who, in 1834 was the
first “President” of the City of Binghamton, and ten years later would serve as
A large Civil War monument
stands in the northwest corner of the square in tribute to Broome County’s
“Heroic Sons who served in defense of the Union.” The monument, also designed by Perry, was
built in 1889. Several years after
construction, local businessman and Civil War veteran General Edward F. Jones
added the mortars and cannonballs that surround the base of the monument.