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Lee County

 

Lee County is named for Robert E Lee, who was the Commander of the Confederate States Army during the Civil War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Chambers County

E – Harris County, Georgia and Muscogee County, Georgia

S – Russell County

W – Macon County and Tallapoosa County 

 

Created:   December 5, 1866                                                     Map of Alabama highlighting Lee County

County Seat:

Opelika  1866 – present

 

County Courthouse – Opelika

 

Location:  215 South 9th Street / Avenue A

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Andrew J Bryan and Company of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:   Andrews and Stevens

 

Description:  The building  faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Opelika. The northeast front has a large porch with six high white colored columns and recessed arched entrance on the first story. The north and south sections project from the main building and have large decorative windows. At the top of the porch is a pediment. On the center of the roof is a high red colored brick clock tower with white colored cupola and clock at the top with white colored dome.  The building houses the County Probate Court of the 37th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1987. The architect was Lancaster and Lancaster of Auburn and the project manager was W J Duncan of Auburn. In 2017 to 2019, a modern red colored brick and concrete three story Courthouse Annex was constructed on the northwest side. The architect was John Randal Wilson of Auburn and the contractor was Carmon Construction of Albertville.

 

See: The architect,  Andrew J Bryan, designed the courthouse in Coffee County and Monroe County; in Georgia in Colquitt CountyPulaski County and Stewart County; in Kentucky in Bracken Couinty and Mercer County; in Louisiana in Pointe Coupee Parish;  in Mississippi in Attala County and Simpson County; and in Texas in Rains County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lee County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Opelika

 

 

Location:  2311 Gateway Drive / Henderson Drive

Built:  1982 – 1984

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lancaster and Lancaster of Auburn

Contractor:  West Point Construction

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story brick and concrete structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the center of Opelika and is called the T K Davis Justice Center Complex. The west front has a central one story porch supported by concrete pillars. Red colored brick is between the vertical and horizontal concrete dividers. There are one story north and south wings. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court and the County District Court of the 37th Judicial District. On the south and east sides, is the new addition constructed in 2014 to 2015. The entrance is semi-circular. The architect was HDR Achitecture and the contractor was Rabren General Contractors.

 

History:  The county was created in 1866 and Opelika was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1867 by Horace King and stood across from the present courthouse until it was torn down in 1897. The cost of construction of the second and present courthouse and jail was $35,000. The Justice Center was constructed in 1982 to 1984.

 

 

County Courthouse – Opelika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Annex – Opelika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Opelika

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center 2014 before addition constructed

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos take 2010, 2014 and 2020