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Monroe County

Monroe County is named for James Monroe, who was the fifth President of the United States from 1817 to 1825. 

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Loudon County and Blount County

E – Graham County, North Carolina

S – Cherokee County, North Carolina and Polk County

W – McMinn County

 

Created:  November 13, 1819                Map of Tennessee highlighting Monroe County

County Seat: 

Madisonville  1819 – present

 

County Courthouse – Madisonville  

 

Location:  105 College Street / Main Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Romanesque and Italianate

Architect:  Baumann Brothers and Company of Knoxville

Contractor:  Gaylon Seldon Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Madisonville. The west front has a one story red colored brick porch with red colored brick pillars and Ionic Columns, and a balcony on the second story. A large square clock tower rises above the entrance with clock at the top. The original bell is still hanging in the tower. The first story windows are arched. A wing projects on the west side. The roof is hipped. In the interior, there is a long corridor on the first story running west to east and the floor is wood. At either end of the corridor, wood stairs ascend to the second story and the courtroom which has wood paneling. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court and County Probate Court of the 10th Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect, Baumann Brothers of Knoxville, designed courthouses in Blount County and Washington County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Monroe County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Madisonville  

 

 

Location:  4500 New Highway 68 / Community Drive

Built:  2017 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  MBI ( Michael Brady Inc. ) and TWH Architects

Contractor:  Rouse Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Madisonville. The north front has large vertical windows on the east side, a central red colored brick tower in the center and one story canopy on the west side. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County General Sessions Court and County Juvenile Court of the 10th Judicial District.

 

County Judicial Building – Madisonville  

 

 

Location:  403 Tellico Street / Hickory Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story buff colored clad siding structure. The building is located to the north of the courthouse in the center of Madisonville and is rectangular and the roof line is sloped. The building is located north of the courthouse and is named as the R Beecher Witt Judicial Building.

 

See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Bradley County, McMinn County and Polk County

 

History:  The county was created in 1819 and Madisonville was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the home of William Dickson in 1820. The first courthouse was built in 1822 and the second courthouse was a brick structure. The third courthouse was built in 1868. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $16,475. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2017 to 2018 at a cost of $31,000,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Madisonville

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Madisonville

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2012 and 2018