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Cape Girardeau County

Cape Girardeau County is named for Sieur de Girardot, who was a French officer and an early explorer of the region.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Perry County

E – Union County, Illinois and Alexander County, Illinois

S – Scott County

W – Bollinger County


Created:  October 1, 1812                      Map of Missouri highlighting Cape Girardeau County

County Seat:

Jackson  1812 – present


County Courthouse – Jackson 


Location:  100 Court Street / West Main Street

Built:  1906 – 1908

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Patrick Henry  Weathers of Jackson, Mississippi

Contractor:  M T Lewman and Company of Louisville, Kentucky


Description: The building faces south and is a three story stone structure. The building is 81 feet by 108 feet. The south front has a large porch with two high columns and recessed entrance. There is a pediment at the roof line. A wide cornice runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large square dome with clock and green roof.


See: The architect, Patrick Henry Weathers of Jackson, Mississippi, designed courthouses in Louisiana in Tensas Parish; in Mississippi in Lamar County, Lee County and Marion County; in Missouri in Daviess County and Stoddart County;  and in Oklahoma in Ellis County, Logan County and Washington County.


County Administration Building – Jackson 



Location:  1 Barton Square / Washington Street

Built:  1985 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Phillips / Dudley / Associates Inc.

Contractor:  Walter Brockmiller, Inc. of Farmington


Description: The building faces west and is a two story concrete structure. The building has a hipped roof.


Cape Girardeau Court House Cape Girardeau



Location:  44 North Lorimer Street / Themis Street

Built:  1854

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph Lansman of Cape Girardeau

Contractor:  Joseph Lansman of Cape Girardeau


Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building sits on a high bluff oveerlooking the Mississippi River. The east front has a large portico supported by four white columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square wood cupola. The foundation is limestone. The building houses the Cape Girardeau Court of Common Pleas. In 1888, the building was remodeled with two wings and a cupola added. The architect was Jerome B Legg of St. Louis. In 1959 a thirty foot annex was constructed on the west side of the building. The architect was John Boardman of Cape Girardeau.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cape Giradeau Court of Common Pleas


See:  The 32nd Judicial Circuit includes Bollinger County, Cape Giradeau County and Perry County.



County Courthouse – Jackson





















Photos taken 2009