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Kenton County

Kenton County is named for Simon Kenton, who was a frontiersman and an early pioneer.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hamilton County, Ohio

E – Campbell County

S – Pendleton County and Grant County 

W – Boone County 


Created:  January 29, 1840

County Seat: 

Covington         1840 – present

Independence  1840 – present

* Kenton County has two county seats.


County Courthouse – Independence


Location:  5273 Madison Pike / McCullum Road

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Robertson and Frahnestock

Contractor:  Northcutt Brothers


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Independence. The west front has a large porch with four large white colored columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The recessed entrance is framed and above are arched windows on the second story. On the center of the sloped roof is a large white colored octagonal shaped cupola with gold colored dome at the top. The courtroom is located on the second story. On the north side of the building is the one store white colored brick Clerk’s Office.


County Justice Center – Covington



Location:  230 Madison Avenue / East 3rd Street

Built:  1976 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  KZF Design Inc. of Cincinnati, Ohio

Contractor:  Corporex Company of Covington


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a six story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Covington. The southwest corner has a three story curved section with two columns and recessed entrance. Behind, the main building rises to a high brick tower on the southwest. There is a similar tower on the southeast. The interior has ten courtrooms. 


History:  The county was created in 1840 and Independence were selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built by David Houst. In 1851, Covington was designated as the second county seat and the second courthouse was the Covington City Hall built in 1843. The building was razed in 1899 and the third courthouse and administration building, a brick Chateauesque structure, was designed by Dittoe & Wisenall and constructed in 1899 to 1902 at a cost of $210,000. The fourth courthouse was constructed in Independence in 1910 to 1911. The fifth courthouse and administration building was designed by Carl C Bankemper and constructed in Covington in 1969 to 1970 at a cost of $3,500,000 and is still standing. The sixth courthouse, the County Justice Center was constructed in 1996 to 1998 at a cost of $27,000,000. The County Government Center was constructed in 2017 to 2019 in Covington.


County Government Center – Covington


Location:  1840 Simmon Kenton Way / M L King Jr. Boulevard

Built:  2017 – 2019

Style:  Modern / Romanesque

Architect:  Brandstetter Carroll Inc. and SFA Architects Inc.

Contractor:  Turner Construction Company.


Description:  The building faces west and is a five story glass and concrete structure on the north and a five story buff colored brick and concrete structure on the south. The buildings are located to the south of the in the center of Covington. The south Romanesque style building was formerly the Bavarian Brewing Company Building constructed in 1903 to 1954. The building on the north is connected by a glass panel structure. 



County Courthouse – Independence





























County Justice Center – Covington







Photos taken 2012 and 2018