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Delaware County

Delaware County is named for the Delaware Native American people.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grant County and Blackford County

E – Jay County and Randolph County

S – Henry County

W – Madison County


Created:  January 26, 1827                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Delaware County

County Seat: 

Muncie  1827 – present


County Courthouse – Muncie  


Location:  100 West Main Street / North Walnut Street

Built:  1966 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hamilton, Graham Associates and George W Cox of Muncie

Contractor:  F A Wilheim


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story white colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Muncie. The building is an “L” shape with plaza on the east side. The first story is raised on concrete pillars on the east side. The east wing is raised on pillars with the main entrance underneath. The windows are narrow and vertical. A wide concrete band follows the flat roof line. The ‘Indian’, ‘Industry’, and ‘Agriculture’ statues were removed from the 1887 courthouse and now stand at the west front of the building. 


County Justice Center – Muncie  


Location:  3100 South Tillotson Avenue / West 26th Street

Built:  2018 – 2020

Style:  Modern

Architect:  RQAW Corporation  of Indianapolis

Contractor:  B W Construction of Indianapolis


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the southwest of the center of Muncie. The building has a number of wings extending west. The roof line is hipped. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial District. The building is named as the County Justice and Rehabilitation Center. 


Former County Justice Center – Muncie  



Location:  100 West Washington Street / North Walnut Street

Built:  1988 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Graham, Love & Graham /  J Robert Taylor

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Muncie on the north side of the courthouse. The building is triangular in shape with a plaza on the southeast side. The roof line is flat. The building ceased to house the courts in 2020 and is being converted into condos.


Note:  The cost of construction of the County Justice Center was $63,000,000. The original architects, Graham, Love & Graham were replaced by J Robert Taylor. There were many cost overruns and the contractor went bankrupt.


See:  The 15th Judicial District includes Blackford County, Henry CountyJay County and Randolph County.


History:  The county was created in 1827 and Muncie was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1829. The second courthouse was built by Morgan John in 1837. The third courthouse was designed by Brentwood Tolan and constructed by Charles Pearce & Company in 1887. The building was razed in 1966 and the courthouses in Kosciusko County and Parke County are of similar design.  The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1966 to 1969. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1988 to 1992. The new County Justice Center was constructed in 2018 to 2020.



County Courthouse – Muncie







Former County Justice Center – Muncie



Photos taken 2005 and 2008