Restoring Lady Liberty

Charles F. Evans helps renovate Bradford County Courthouse


Constructed in 1898, Bradford County Courthouse has dominated the Towanda, Pa., skyline for 120 years. The structure showcases several prominent architectural styles characteristic of the period.

The facade on the west entrance exhibits neoclassical features; the rear and side arms of the cross were designed in an early Renaissance Revival style; and the interior reflects late Victorian and Beaux-Arts designs. The four-story courthouse also features stonework with stone quarried from nearby Barclay Mountain and a 50-foot-wide ornate dome measuring 70 feet from the ground to its peak.

In 1987, the courthouse was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. During 2016-17, it underwent a $3 million renovation, including roof system restoration that was performed in two phases. Charles F. Evans Co. Inc., Elmira, N.Y., was selected by Bradford County as the roofing contractor for the project.

Phase one