Philipsburg's historic courthouse was built in 1 793, and has been renovated several times over the years. This relic from the past was originally the home of the town's founder, Commander John Philips.
In the past it has been used as a jail, a fire station and a post office. Today it is used solely as a court of law. The bell tower houses a 25 bellcarillon. The Pineapple on the building's roof is an international symbol of welcome.
Australian master shipwright Frank Gonsalves carved the pineapple in 1996, to replace the original, which blew away in a storm.