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Maries County

Maries County is named for the Maries River, which is named for the French word “marias” meaning “marsh” or “swamp”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Osage County

E – Gasconade County and Phelps County

S – Phelps County and Pulaski County

W – Miller County


Created:  March 2, 1855                         Map of Missouri highlighting Maries County

County Seat:

Vienna  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Vienna  


Location:  211 4th Street / Olive Street

Built:  1940 – 1942

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Macon C Abbitt

Contractor:  Willard Finn and Allan Bethel of Jefferson City, Missouri


Description: The building faces north and is a two story Missouri cream colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vienna. The building is “T” shaped and is 115 feet by 80 feet. The building has a raised basement. The north front has a large porch with two high square pillars rising to a wide header. The entrance is recessed. Stone work is located on either side of the extended porch. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the large County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story along the south side of the south wing. The courtroom has wood panelling. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 25th Judicial Circuit. This was a Work Projects Administration project. The architect was Macon C Abbitt and the contractor was Willard Finn and Allan Bethel of Jefferson City, Missouri. The building was renovated in 1998. The consulting engineer was S & V Consulting Inc. and the contractor was Ken Mosier Construction Inc.


See:  The 25th Judicial District covers Maries County, Phelps County, Pulaski County and Texas County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Vienna was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by Robert McKin of California, Missouri in 1856 at a cost of $3,000. The courthouse burned on November 6, 1868. The second courthouse was a two story structure built by George A Lett of St James in 1869 to 1870 at a cost of $10,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1942 at a cost of $76,000.



County Courthouse – Vienna











County Circuit Court courtroom



















Photos taken 2009 and 2023