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Madison County

Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the fourth President of the United States of America.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – St. Francois County

E – Perry County and Bollinger County

S – Bolilnger County

W – Iron County

 

Created:  February 14, 1818                  Map of Missouri highlighting Madison County

County Seat:

Fredericktown  1818 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fredericktown

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square / Main Street

Built:  1899 – 1900

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Theodore C Link

Contractor:  Lewis Miller of Arcadia

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Fredericktown. The building is 66 feet by 76 feet. The front has a projecting five story red brick tower with arched entrance on the first story and steep pyramidal roof at the top. The building is tiered with two story wings on either side. The base of the building is rough cut pink colored granite stone. In the interior, the first story has a central hallway. The large County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 24th Judicial Circuit. 

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Madison County Courthouse

 

See:  The 24th Judicial Circuit includes Madison County, St. Francois CountySte. Genevieve County, and Washington County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1818 and Fredericktown was selected as the county seat. The court met at the home of Theodore F Tong and in various homes until 1822 when the first courthouse, a two story brick structure was built. In 1899, J F Boggs tore down the building when the second and present courthouse was constructed in 1899 to 1900 at a cost of $22,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Fredericktown 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009