Old Monroe County Courthouse

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Old Monroe County Courthouse
File:Alabama-Monroe County Courthouse retired.jpg
Old Monroe County Courthouse is located in Alabama
Old Monroe County Courthouse
Location Courthouse Sq., Monroeville, Alabama
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Area 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Built 1903 (1903)
Architectural style Eclecticism
NRHP Reference # 73000366[1]
Added to NRHP April 26, 1973

The Old Monroe County Courthouse is a historic courthouse building in Monroeville, Alabama that served as the Monroe County courthouse from 1903 to 1967.[1]

It is significant as an Alabama literary landmark due to its association with Harper Lee and Truman Capote, both of whom spent their childhood in Monroeville and featured the courthouse in their work. Capote mentions it in his A Christmas Memory and it inspired the fictional courthouse in Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird.

The film adaptation was heavily influenced by the courthouse, with production designers measuring and photographing the building and then recreating a close duplicate of the interior on a sound stage for filming of the courtroom scenes.[2]

The courthouse is now one of the Monroe County Museums and is operated as the Old Courthouse Museum. The building has been restored to a 1930s appearance and also features exhibits about Capote and Lee.


  1. 1.0 1.1 Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. W. Warner Floyd (March 29, 1973). "National Register of Historic Places Registration: Old Monroe County Courthouse" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved April 2, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles> See also: "Accompanying photos" (PDF).<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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