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Cleveland County

Cleveland County is named for Grover Cleveland, who was the President of the United States.

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oklahoma County

E – Pottawatomie County

S – McClain County

W – McClain County and Canadian County

 

Created:  May 2, 1890                            Map of Oklahoma highlighting Cleveland County

County Seat:

Norman  1890 – present

 

County Courthouse – Norman 

 

Location:  200 South Peters Avenue / Comanche Street

Built:  1939 – 1940

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Walter T Vahlberg of Oklahoma City

Contractor:  Tankersley Construction

 

Description: The building faces northeast and is a three story limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Norman. The northeast front has stone framing the central entrance which has steel doors. Vertical pilasters divide the widows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County District Court of the 21st Judicial District. In 1979 to 1980, a large addition was constructed on the west side. The architect was Kaighen Associates and the contractor was Barbour & Short.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Cleveland County Courthouse

 

See:  The 21st Judicial District includes Garvin County and McClain County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1890 and Norman was selected as the county seat. In 1893 , the first courthouse was a two story brick structure that had been built in Block 37 of the original townsite. The building was destroyed by fire in 1904. The second courthouse was designed by Solomon A Layton and constructed by L F Lee Construction Company in 1905 to 1906 at a cost of $39,830. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1939 to 1940 at a cost of $220,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Norman

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Office Building – Norman

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009