Massac County Courthouse – Metropolis IL

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The Massac County Courthouse in Metropolis is one of six New Deal county courthouses built by the New Deal.  It would have been funded by the Public Works Administration (PWA), not the WPA, as commonly thought.

The design, by architect S. Lester Daly, is Federal style.  It is a brick building, two-stories high with a raised basement. It has a formal, column-flanked main entrance and side entrances reached by white stairways. 

In a classic piece of Americana, the courthouse location has been renamed 1 Superman Square and a statue of the cartoon character stands on a plinth saying “TRUTH – JUSTICE – THE AMERICAN WAY”. Superman was not a WPA project; he was first erected in 1986, but had to be replaced with a bronze version in 1993 because the public insisted on plying him with “speeding bullets” which had a bad effect on his fiberglass self.  

 

 

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1 Superman Square
Metropolis, Illinois 62960

Coordinates: 37.1520687, -88.7329725

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