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Boone County

Boone County is named for Daniel Boone, who was a frontiersman and who died at the Alamo, Texas.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Clinton County

E – Hamilton County

S – Marion County and Hendricks County

W – Montgomery County

 

Created:  January 29, 1830                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Boone County

County Seat: 

Jamestown  1830 – 1833

Lebanon       1833 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

Location:  212 Courthouse Square / West Main Street

Built:  1909 – 1911

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph T Hutton of Hammond

Contractor:  Caldwell & Drake Construction of Columbus

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story buff colored stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lebanon. On the south front is a large portico supported by four large columns rising to a large pediment containing ornamentation. The recessed entrance has stone trim rising to the second story. A wide cornice follows the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large octagonal dome with black colored roof and clock at the top cupola. In the interior, the wainscoting of the corridors and rotunda is a white colored Italian marble, five feet high on the first floor and three and one-half feet on the others, having a green colored Vermont marble base. The most outstanding feature of the interior is the four-story, open rotunda with the stained glass dome overhead. The columns in the rotunda are heavy steel, protected by concrete and covered by scagliola. Above the rotunda is a large glass skylight.The floors of the corridors, rotunda and lobbies on the second story are ceramic title and the floors in various rooms are “H” quartered oak. The courtroom is located on the west side of the third story. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County Superior Court of the 12th Judicial District.

 

Note:  The courthouse has two sets of four massive exterior columns that are the tallest single piece limestone columns in the world.

 

See:  The contractor, Caldwell & Drake Construction of Columbus, Indiana also constructed courthouses in Monroe CountyPutnam County and Starke County; in Ohio in Mahoning County and Ottawa County; in Pennsylvania in Somerset County, and in West Virginia in Wetzel County and Wood County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Boone County Courthouse

 

See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Clinton CountyHamilton County and Tipton County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1830 and Jamestown was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Lebanon in 1833 and the first courthouse was a two story log structure erected in 1833. The second courthouse was  a two story brick structure built in 1840 and was destroyed by fire in 1856. The third courthouse was designed by William Tinsley and built in 1857 at a cost of $40,000. In 1875 the courthouse was rebuilt by McCormack & Sweeney at a cost of $9,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1909 to 1912 at a cost of $265,000.

 

 

County Courthouse –  Lebanon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008