Law and order on the West Bank
|Christian County Justice Center, as seen |
from the east bank of Little River
|Main entrance, Christian County Justice Center|
In a May 24, 2002, Kentucky New Era article, Sharp commented on the underlying philosophy of the building's design:
We live in a land of freedom and justice. You are entering into a place that should evoke you to think about that. Public buildings have a duty to the community to establish a sense of permanence. That sense of establishment is present in this courthouse...
Frankly, the Justice Center has so much gravitas that I feel a little awed every time I drive by it.
The Justice Center is connected by tunnel to the Christian County Jail (located on the opposite side of West 7th Street). The jail was also designed by Keith Sharp, and it was completed in 1994. Like the Justice Center, it has an attractive, dignified facade. The City of Hopkinsville website has a good photo of the jail, contributed by Jim Creighton.
I don't often have a reason to visit the Justice Center. Unless I am called again for jury duty, I probably won't go there again until I need my driver's license renewed. I have never yet been inside the jail.
These two "law and order" buildings, the public library, and the public park along Little River form a civic campus that enhances the west side of downtown Hopkinsville. I wish all the approaches to our historic downtown area were as attractive!
|West 7th Street, looking toward |
Little River and the historic downtown