Creating a Regional Identity through Civic Architecture: A New Courthouse for Snow Hill, Maryland.
Hurtt, Steven W.
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The intent of this thesis is to propose how a rural American town can re-create a sense of civic identity after undergoing physical degradation and economic challenge. It will examine how a new county courthouse and civic space can reflect the character and promise of Worcester County today, serve as the center for civic interaction and foster community pride for the people who live there. Snow Hill, Maryland located near Salisbury, Maryland, became the County Seat for Worcester County in 1742. The current courthouse facilities are to small for the growing needs of the county and provide no complementary public open space in the town center. This thesis will examine how a new civic building can re-center the historic town center, as well as how, in the 21st century, the county courthouse can serve as the civic hearth of the county.