The staff of the historic Porter County Jail Museum located in downtown
Valparaiso is on the prowl to find four statues that were once attached to
the Porter County Courthouse, but have not been reclaimed since removed
sometime in the 1930s.
Porter County Museum Director Kevin Pazour said he is curious to know what
happened to the four statues that used to adorn the top of the building: the
familiar figure of Lady Justice that stood on the north side, an angel on
the south, and two birds, presumably eagles, with their wings spread facing
east and west. Pazour said not much is known about the statues themselves
but these types of statues were commonly seen on public buildings around the
time the courthouse was constructed in 1883.
Pazour presented two older photographs at a recent Porter County
Commissioners meeting that verified the statues were perched on top of the
courthouse and asked residents to “check their garages.”
Pazour said he was not sure exactly when the statues were removed, but
possibly after a large blaze that burned up most of the clock tower on Dec.
It is possible the statues were damaged in the fire and put into storage.
It is speculated that the statues may have been sold at a public auction
earlier in the 1980s when the courthouse underwent a major renovation,
Porter County Highway Supervisor Al Hoagland told Pazour after the
commissioners’ meeting, but currently there is no documentation from the
auctioneer to either confirm or deny the rumor.
The statues are presumably six to eight feet in height, Pazour judged by
looking at the photographs and the relative size of the original courthouse
Anyone with information on the whereabouts of these statues is urged to
contact the museum at (219)465-3585. If found, Pazour said he would like to
feature the statues at the Jail Museum, which is located at 153 South
Franklin St. in Valparaiso.