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Talladega County

 

Talladega County is named for the Talatigi Creek which is named for the Native American name for the county seat meaning “border town”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Calhoun County

E – Cleburne County and Clay County

S – Coosa County

W – Shelby County and Saint Clair County

 

Created: December 18, 1832                                                     Map of Alabama highlighting Talladega County

County Seat:        

Talladega  1832 – present

 

County Courthouse – Talladega

 

Location:  1118 North East Street / Battle Street

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:   Ruben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee

Contractor:  W L Little

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of Talladega. The north and south sides have porches supported by four white columns rising to a wide white colored header with clock above with pitched roof. There are projecting center sections on the east and west sides. In the interior, the County Commissioners occupy the old courtroom which is located on the second story. The building houses the County Probate Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit. The building was renovated in 1934. The architect was Charles H McCauley and the contractor was M C Munroe. The building was further renovated in 1977. The architect was Wiatt, Watson and Cole and the contractor was E G Harris Jr.

 

See:  Ruben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga, Tennessee, the architect, also designed courthouses in Georgia in Elbert County. in Mississippi in Chickasaw CountyLawrence County and Leflore County and in Tennessee in Hamilton CountyHenry CountyPolk County and Warren County.

 

Note:  The building is the oldest courthouse in use in Alabama having been constructed in 1836. Additions were added in 1882 and 1902. The building was renovated in 1912 after damage by a tornado and the architect was Charles W Carlton. The building was severely damaged by fire in 1925 and rebuilt.

 

County Judicial Building – Talladega

 

 

Location:  148 North East Street / Coosa Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:   Martin J Lide of Birmingham

Contractor:  Motes Construction Company, Inc. of Sylacauga

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Talladega to the north of the courthouse. The north front has a central glass entrance with a one story portico supported by square pillars. The windows are vertical and narrow. The roof is hipped. In the interior are two County Circuit Court courtrooms on the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 29th Judicial Circuit and the County District Court.

 

History:  The county was created in 1832 and Talladega was selected as the county seat in 1834. The court met in various homes. The building is the oldest courthouse in use in Alabama having been constructed in 1836 to 1838. Additions were added in 1882 and 1902. The building was renovated in 1912 after damage by a tornado and the architect was Charles W Carlton. The building was severely damaged by fire in 1925 and rebuilt. The County Judicial Building was constructed in 1973 to 1974.

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Sylacauga

 

 

County Courthouse – Talladega

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Commissioner’s Meeting Room ( former courtroom )

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Judicial Building – Talladega

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010, 2014, 2018 and 2023