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Blackford County

Blackford County is named for Isaac Blackford, who was the Speaker of the Indiana General Assembly and a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wells County

E – Jay County

S – Delaware County 

W – Grant County

 

Created:  February 15, 1838                                                      Map of Indiana highlighting Blackford County

County Seat: 

Hartford City  1841 – present

 

County Courthouse – Hartford City  

 

Location:  110 West Washington Street / North Jefferson Street

Built:  1893 – 1895

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Arthur LaBelle and Burt L French of Marion

Contractor:  Christian Boseker & Son of Fort Wayne

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Hartford City. The south front has a large arch rising to the third story. On the southwest corner is a high square stone clock tower rising 165 feet. On the east and west sides are two round towers. Belt courses separate the first from the second floor, the second from the third floor, and the roof from the towers and gables. A row of plain brackets separates the rest of the building from the roof. In the interior the stairways at the north and south ends of the building are constructed of metal and are decorative. Off-white hexagonal tiles with a patterned border of colored tiles form the flooring. Glazed, pale yellow tiles were used in the wainscoting in the hallway and up the stairs on the south end. Walnut wainscoting and brass chandeliers are found in the offices and hallways. Approximately half of the third floor is occupied by the courtroom. Although this room is carpeted, the original wooden seats have been retained. It has a beamed ceiling with some molding and stenciling, and the wainscoting is also stenciled. A Lady of Justice is painted directly behind the judge’s bench. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County Superior Court of the 15th Judicial District  On the west side is the County Courthouse Annex.

  

Note:  Henry Husmann of Portland, Indiana, is responsible for the stenciling and artwork in the courthouse.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Blackford County Courthouse

 

See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Delaware CountyHenry CountyJay County and Randolph County.

 

History:  The county seat was created in 1838 and Hartford City was selected as the county seat in 1839. The first courthouse was erected in 1843 under the supervision of Charles Jones and William F Jones at a cost of $5,600. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1895 at a cost of $129,338.

 

 

County Courthouse – Hartford City

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008