Loudon County Courthouse
The Loudon County (TN) Courthouse in Early Winter: Heritage Series, Plate II painted by artist Paul J. Long. in 1977. The original courthouse captured in this print no long stands after a destructive fire in 2019.
299 prints were originally issued for this limited edition that were signed by the artist. 60 prints are available for purchase to benefit the NSDA.
Paper size with white border is 19 in x 24 3/4 in and image size is 14 5/8 in x 20 in
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Artist Notes | I had not considered painting a portrait of the Loudon County Courthouse in Loudon, Tennessee until I was commissioned to do so. Once begun, it became a labor of love. I started to work on it during the Christmas holidays in 1976, our bicentennial year. The painting was started after many sketches and photographic studies. Over 200 hours over a six month period was spent on the painting which was finished in June of 1977.
Loudon County was first named Christiana as was created in 1870 from portions of Roane, Monroe, and Blount counties. Construction of the Courthouse at Loudon was begun soon afterwards being built by brothers Ira N. Clarke and J. Wesley Clark. The Loudon County Courthouse is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
The Loudon County Courthouse caught fire on April 24, 2019. The fire started in the bell tower likely from an electrical short. Despite the efforts of more than 50 firefighters, the second floor of the building which housed the courtrooms was a total loss. As of August 2020, the courthouse is in the process of being rebuilt.