Project by VHB
The Gloucester Historic Court Circle dates back to the 1700s, including one of the oldest courthouses still in use today. As an anchor to a thriving Main Street, the Court Circle is home to six historic buildings including an award-winning state certified Visitor Center. The project was made possible with grant funding through the Virginia Department of Transportation's Transportation Alternatives Program. The design took narrow, uneven (and sometimes dangerous) sidewalks and temporary ramps (noted with red dotted lines on page one of the design) and transformed them into wider, accessible walkways, including permanent accessible entrances into the most-used public buildings in the circle, the Historic Courthouse and Annex, which houses the Visitors Center. At the front of the walkway leading into each building, granite markers are embedded in the pavers, engraved with the building's name and date. The final design allows for a better, accessible, circuitous flow around the buildings that can now safely accommodate pedestrian traffic.