April 28, 2014 | Malcolm Johnstone
West Chester PA — District Court 15-1-04, presided by Magisterial District Judge Gwenn Knapp, is now conducting its judicial services at the Historic Courthouse on the corner of High & Market Streets. It relocated from its old address on Union Street.
This follows a $1.4-million renovation by the County when the courthouse was separated from the North Wing as a result of its sale to a partnership company owned by Eli Kahn and Jack Loew. The Courthouse was given the historic address of 2 North High Street although the entrance is now on Market Street at the 1891 annex structure.
The historic Courthouse was designed Thomas U. Walter to replace the original courthouse of 1786. The architectural design is Greek Revival represented in several structures on High Street. It first opened on February 28, 1848 and became one of Walter’s greatest architectural achievements and West Chester’s iconic structure.