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Huntington County

Huntington County is named for Samuel Huntington, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and the Articles of Confederation, and who was President of the Continental Congress.

 

Surroundinf County Courthouses: 

N – Whitley County

E – Allen County and Wells County

S – Wells County and Grant County

W – Wabash County

 

Created:  February 2, 1832                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting Huntington County

County Seat: 

Huntington  1832 – present

 

County Courthouse – Huntington  

 

Location:  211 North Jefferson Street / Court Street

Built:  1904 – 1906

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  John W Gaddis of Vincennes

Contractor:  P H McCormack & Company of Columbus.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story buff colored Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Huntington. There is a narrow portico on each side with high arches rising from the first story to the top of the second story, balcony on the third story and eight Corinthian columns rising from the third story to the top of the fourth story. Above are pediments with clocks. On the center of the roof is a large round dome with black colored roof and small white colored cupola at the top. In the interior is a large central rotunda rising to a stained glass skylight under the dome and a large eagle mosaic at the base. The hallways have original mosaic tile floors and marble wainscoting. The stairways are finished in marble. The courtrooms are finished in mahogany. Each courtroom have twenty-two feet high ceilings and four stained glass skylights. There are large murals behind the judge’s bench. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County Superior Court of the 9th Judicial District. The building was restored in 1985.

 

See:  The architect,  John W Gaddis of Vincennes designed courthouses in Clay County and Putnam County.

 

See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Adams CountyWabash County and Wells County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1832 and Huntington was selected as the county seat. A jail was built by William H Wallis in 1834. The first courthouse was a rectangular frame structure built at the Corner of Jefferson Street and Franklin Street in 1840. The second courthouse was a two story structure designed and built by William McGrew and David Silvers in 1857 at a cost of $28,000. The Third and present courthouse was constructed in 1904 to 1906 at a cost of $346,773.

 

 

County Courthouse – Huntington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2011