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Perry County

Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a Commodore in the United States navy and who defeated the British in the decisive Battle of Lake Erie in 1813.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County

E – Jefferson County and Franklin County

S – Jackson County

W – Randolph County


Created:  January 29, 1827                                                        Map of Illinois highlighting Perry County

County Seat:

Pinckneyville  1827 – present


County Courthouse – Pinckneyville


Location:  1 Public Square / Main Street

Built:  1849 – 1850

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Daniel W Norris

Contractor:  Daniel W Norris


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Pinckneyville. The east and west wings extend from the main building and have peaked roofs. The recessed center section has two doorways each framed with stone. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit. The building was enlarged in 1877. The architect was John Chapman and the contractor was William Wilson.. The building was remodeled in 1938 and 1939 to the Moderne style under the Work Projects Administration. The architect was S Thompson of Carbondale and the contractor was Edward F Bartels Construction Company. The building was further remodeled in 1993 and 1994.


See:  The 20th Judicial Circuit includes Monroe CountyRandolph CountySt. Clair County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1827 and Pinckneyville was selected as the county seat. The court first met at the home of Amos Anderson. The first courthouse was a two story log structure erected by Berry Anderson in 1828 at a cost of $54. The second courthouse was a brick structure built by Amos Anderson in 1837 at a cost of $1,765. The third courthouse was a brick structure constructed in 1849 to 1850 by Daniel W Norris at a cost of $7,500. An addition was designed by John Chapbener and constructed by William Wilson in 1878 at a cost of $9,742. The fourth and present courthouse is a remodel of the third courthouse in 1938 to 1939 at a cost 0f $52,754.


County Administration – Pinckneyville



Location:  3764 Route 127 South / Cottontail Road

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description: The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick structure. The building is located south of the center of Pinckneyville.



County Courthouse – Pinckneyville











County Circuit Court courthouse







Construction contract 1939



Photos taken 2008 and 2012