Pike County Courthouse

Built in 1894, the Pike County Courthouse has dominated the square in Pittsfield for over 116 years.  Its Gothic-style structure was designed by architect Henry Elliott.  The octagonal shape is unique among courthouses in Illinois.  Material for its construction came from Bedford, Indiana and from local quarries.  Much of the stone work, including the keystone on the north entrance, was done by Pike County craftsmen Robert and William Franklin.  In the south courtyard is a stone marking the place where Lincoln and Douglas spoke.  For many years, records of casework conducted by Abraham Lincoln were stored in the basement.