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Anderson County

Anderson County is named for Richard Clough Anderson Jr., who was a United States legislator from 1817 to 1821.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Shelby County and Franklin County

E – Woodford County

S – Mercer County and Washington County

W – Nelson County and Spencer County

 

Created:  January 16, 1827                    Map of Kentucky highlighting Anderson County

County Seat: 

Lawrenceville  1827 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Lawrenceville 

 

Location:  151 South Main Street / East Court Street

Built:  1860 – 1861

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Dennis Haly of Frankfort

Contractor:  John Haly Construction of Frankfort ( brother of the architect )

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story Kentucky River stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lawrenceville. The building is constructed of Kentucky River limestone. The west front has a large portico supported by four large Ionic columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The limestone facade is laid in random pattern with plain quoins at the corners. The rectangular windows have stone lintels with the same finish as quoins. There is a balustrade on the platform of the tower which is octagonal with open sides and a clock at the top. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court and County District Court of the 53rd Judicial District. In 1905, the front wall was moved forward and the size of the cupola reduced. In 1905, the building was remodeled by C E Bond. On April 13, 1915, fire almost destroyed the building. Using the original walls, the building was restored by architects Joseph and Joseph and the contractor was A J Stair of Knoxville, Tennessee. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1998. The architect was WMB, Inc. and the contractor was E H Construction Company.

 

See:  The 53rd Judicial Circuit includes Anderson CountyShelby County and Spencer County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1827 and Lawrenceville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a small two story brick structure built by Robert Logan in 1829 to 1830 at a cost of $3,000. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on October 26, 1859. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1860 to 1861 at a cost of $14,000. The courthouse was damaged by fire on April 15, 1915 and rebuilt at a cost of $39,146.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lawrenceville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2018