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Historic Court House: Auburn, NY. Kirstie Donahue. Culminating Project. Work of Art. What I Noticed. What I Noticed Continued…. The Court House is Centrally Located in the City. (In relation to other important buildings) It Appears Prestigious Next to Most Buildings on the Same Street .

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Historic court house auburn ny

Historic Court House: Auburn, NY

Kirstie Donahue

Culminating Project

What i noticed continued
What I Noticed Continued…

  • The Court House is Centrally Located in the City. (In relation to other important buildings)

  • It Appears Prestigious Next to Most Buildings on the Same Street.

  • There is a Veterans Memorial to the Right of the Building for Local Veterans of World War II.

Contextual information
Contextual Information

  • Located: 152 Genessee Street Auburn, NY

  • Original Greek Revival Structure Designed by John I. Hagaman.

  • Constructed in 1836 for $30,000.

  • In 1922 a Fire Destroyed Most of the Court House and Caused the Original Dome to Drop Through the Building.

  • Court House is on the National and State Historic Registries‘ as well as the National Park Service’s National Underground Railroad Network to Freedom.

Contextual information continued
Contextual Information Continued…

  • More About John I. Hagaman

    • Known for Being the First to Introduce the Greek Revival Style to Auburn, NY

    • Between 1821-1843 Hagaman designed several public, commercial, religious and residential buildings (including his own home) in the area.

    • Ran a School for Architecture

  • Link

    • http://www.hgtv.com/video/greek-revival-video/index.html

Personal connections
Personal Connections

  • Grew-up Outside of Auburn, NY

  • Continually Drawn to the Grand Architecture of the Court House. It’s Unique Qualities Allow it to Stand Out Despite it’s Overall Simplicity.

  • Academic Connections

    • Linked to a Variety of Subjects

      • History, Art & Music, English/Writing, Mathematics

Lines of inquiry
Lines of Inquiry

  • Line of Inquiry:

    • How does John I. Hagaman’s architecture [represented in the Cayuga County Court House] use stately symmetry, heavy form, and simplistically bold details to reflect a self-portrait of society during the early to mid 19th Century in Upstate New York?

Activity ideas
Activity Ideas

  • History

    • Research and Present on Greek Revival Architecture from the Early to Mid 19th Century.

  • Art/Music

    • Create Your Own Representation of Greek Revival.

      • Sculpture

      • Drawing

      • Painting

      • Musical Representation

  • English/Writing

    • Create a Story Incorporating 19th Century Historical Aspects as well as Greek Revival Architecture.

  • Mathematics

    • Research Mathematical Concepts that Pertain to Greek Revival Architecture (For Older Children).

    • Counting Activity- Using Column and Details (For Younger Children).


  • Booth, E. (2001). The Everyday Work of Art: Awakening the Extraordinary in Your Daily Life. Lincoln Nebraska: iUniverse. [ISBN 0-595-19380-3].

  • http://www.livingplaces.com/NY/Cayuga_County/Auburn_City/South_Street_Area_Historic_District.html

  • https://www.nycourts.gov/publications/benchmarks/issue6/Courthouse.shtml

    • http://www.hgtv.com/video/greek-revival-video/index.html