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Christian County

Christian County is named for Christian County in Kentucky as many of the inhabitants came from that county.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Sangamon County and Macon County

E – Macon County and Shelby County

S – Shelby County and Montgomery County

W – Montgomery County and Sangamon County


Created:  February 15, 1839                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Christian County

County Seat:

Taylorville  1839 – present


County Courthouse – Taylorville


Location:  101 South Main Street / West Main Cross Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  J W Caddis

Contractor:  V Jobst & Son


Description: The building faces  east and is a three story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Taylorville. The east front has a projecting center section with entrance on the first story and large arched window on the second story. The third story has vertical arched windows with gabled roof above. There are north and south wings. On the center of the roof rises a high square clock tower with peaked copper roof. The roof is hipped. In the interior is a central rotunda with large stained glass skylight above the third story. The courtrooms are located on the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial CircuitThe building was restored in 2002.


See:  National Register of Historic Place – Taylorville Courthouse Square Historic District


Note:  The old 1840 court building is located at the Christian County Historical Society at 325 Abe’s Way and Kennedy Drive.


See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Clay CountyClinton County, Effingham County, Fayette CountyJasper CountyMarion CountyMontgomery County and Shelby County.


History:  The county was created in 1839 and Taylorville was selected as the county seat. The first court met in the home of Horatio W Vandeveer in 1839. The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1840. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $100,000.



County Courthouse – Taylorville









Statue of Abraham Lincoln







Photos taken 2008