“Lane County [Oregon] Court House
All About the Fine New Court House being Erected in Eugene
The writer of this article recently had the pleasure of entering the fine new edifice now under course of completion on 8th and Oak Streets of this city which is to be Lane Co’s Temple of Justice. It is indeed a magnificent work of art from the basement with the new heating apparatus to the tower in which is soon to be located a clock visible all over the city, it is a perfect structure – Not a flaw seems apparent in its building — The first floor is divided into about 7 good-sized rooms including also the vaults well framed and set in solid masonry. A spacious stairway leads the visitor up into the court room proper in the second story. This is a spacious apartment plainly finished and probably perfect in the matter of acoustics there are also several large office rooms on this floor and all is now undergoing just the final finishing –The plasterers were putting on the last hard finish and decorators frescoing* the ceiling of the court room. The building now looks from without nearly complete and soon Lane Co can well boast one of the finest public buildings in the valley.” Oregon State Journal (Eugene OR) Dec. 10, 1898, pg. 5, col. 3. University of Oregon’s Knight Library.
*The art of painting on fresh, moist plaster with pigments dissolved in water.