I really love this photo for the sadness it represents. They enclosed the old arcade style entrance to the courthouse soon after the civil war. This was once the entrance to the courthouse but it now the back of the courthouse so they could add two small rooms to the courthouse. The understanding of arcade style of public architecture has been lost to us. This was the place where lawyers would meet between sessions of the court to hash out deals, while common folks would exchange gossip and news. The arcades were the unofficial soul of the community. This courthouse is not the only location where this sort of thing has happened. Around 2005 the Fredericksburg Museum enclosed the old arcades that surround their home, the old Fredericksburg Town Hall. Both of these are truly saddening events that I hope some enlightened people will rectify.