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Greene County

Greene County is named for Nathaniel Greene, who was a general and the commander in the southern colonies during the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Scott County and Morgan County

E – Macoupin County

S – Jersey County

W – Calhoun County and Pike County

 

Created:  January 20, 1821                                                        Map of Illinois highlighting Greene County

County Seat:

Carrollton  1821 – present

 

County Courthouse – Carrollton

 

Location:  519 North Main Street / South 6th Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:   Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Henry Elliott of Chicago

Contractor:  Frederick W Menke of Quincy

 

Description: The building faces North and is a two story rough buff colored stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Carrollton. The north front has a one story rough stone portico supported by four square pillars. Above the portico is a railed balcony with large arched window flanked on either side by smaller arched windows. The roof line rises with a white colored statue of a woman. In the building center is a high stone tower with steep roof and clock. The roof is mansard. In the interior, the floors are white colored marble, slate and Roman mosaic tile. Most of the wood is oak. The courtroom is located on the second story and has a large chandelier. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial Circuit.

 

See:  The architect Henry Elliott of Chicago also designed courthouses in Edgar CountyJersey County and Pike County.

 

See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Jersey CountyMacoupin CountyMorgan County, Sangamon County and Scott County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1821 and Carrollton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a long frame structure was built by William Finley and Thomas Finley in 1821 to 1822 at a cost of $380 to $700. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Moses Stevens and built by Thomas Rattan in 1830 to 1832 at a cost of $7,000. An addition was built in 1883. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $40,231.

 

 

County Courthouse – Carrollton 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007

Photos taken 2007 and 2012