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Clinton County

Clinton County is named for DeWitt Clinton, who was the Governor of New York from 1817 to 1823.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carroll County and Howard County

E – Howard County and Tipton County

S – Boone County

W – Montgomery County and Tippecanoe County 

 

Created:  January 19, 1830                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Clinton County

County Seat: 

Frankfort  1830 – present

 

County Courthouse – Frankfort  

 

Location:  Courthouse Square / East Clinton Street

Built:  1882 – 1884

Style:  Victorial Eclectic

Architect:  George W Bunting of Indianapolis

Contractor:  Charles Pearce of Indianapolis

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story gray colored stone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Frankfort. On each side of the building are stone porticos rising to a pediment at the roof line. At each corner is a square stone tower with small square above the roof line. A wide cornice runs along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square dome with clock and domed green colored roof. White colored statues adorn the top of the building. The interior is divided into quadrants by two central hallways, whose crossing creates a rotunda beneath the dome. On either side of the crossing were two spiral stairways which extended from the first story to fourth story. The staircase has a heavy walnut rail with stocky newels and balusters of Neo-Jacobean design. The interior is decorated in a classical vocabulary, with Roman Doric pilasters flanking openings whose enframements are recessed into the walls; egg and dart moldings are used in both the woodwork and the panels of the plaster ceilings. The second and third stories have also retained their original Minton tile floors. The major space of the interior is the third floor courtroom, which still retains its Corinthian pilasters and golden oak furniture, although the ceiling has been lowered.  The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County Superior Court of the 12th Judicial District. 

 

See:  The architect, George W Bunting of Indianapolis, also designed courthouses in Greene CountyJohnson CountyMontgomery CountyUnion County and Wells County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Clinton County Courthouse

 

See:  The 12th Judicial District includes Boone County, Hamilton County and Tipton County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1830 and Frankfort was selected as the county seat. County meetings were first held in Jefferson at the house of Mathew Bunnell and the public house of Charles I Hand. The first courthouse was a log structure built by Alley & Michael in Frankfort in 1831 at a cost of $289. The second courthouse was built by John Elder in 1838 at a cost of $12,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1882 to 1884 at a cost of $179,450.

 

 

County Courthouse – Frankfort

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008