The Buckingham County Courthouse, originally designed by Thomas Jefferson, was rebuilt in 1869 after the original structure was destroyed by fire. Buckingham desired to combine all court functions as well as Commonwealth's Attorney, Sheriff's Office, and Magistrate under one roof at the existing courthouse site. In a study of long-term caseload and space projections, it was discovered that all court functions required increased capacity.
In response, BCWH Architects designed an addition to the existing courthouse. The existing courtroom remains to be used for ceremonial assemblies, and was complemented by new courtrooms in the new addition for the Circuit Court and General District Court. A new hearing room was provided for the Juvenile & Domestic Relations Court. BCWH worked with the Virginia Department of Historic Resources to guarantee the addition was sensitively and appropriately designed. The addition is most successful in its harmonious relationship with the original Courthouse. The enhanced Courts facility will stand as a stoic symbol for one of Virginia's most beautiful, pastoral Counties for many years to come.