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Hendry County

Hendry County is named for Francis Ashbury Hendry, who was a Major, famous cattleman and one of the first settlers in the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Glades County

E – Palm Beach County and Broward County

S – Collier County 

W – Lee County 

 

Created:  May 11, 1923                          Map of Florida highlighting Hendry County

County Seat:

LaBelle  1923 – present

 

County Courthouse – LaBelle 

 

Location:  25 East Hickpochee Avenue / Bridge Street

Built:  1964 – 1966

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nelson A Faerber of Naples

Contractor:  Henry Jacobson Associates of Fort Meyers

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story reddish colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of LaBelle. The building has five large arches on the east front of the first story with a balcony above with large recessed windows on the second story. A canopy was added along the first story. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story. The building is located in the center of the courthouse complex with a courtyard on the east side, the old courthouse on the north side and the County Administration Building on the south side. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 20th Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building was renovated in 1994 to 1996. The architect was Titsch & Associates and the contractor was Sowesco Development Corp.

 

Old County Courthouse – LaBelle 

 

 

Location:  25 East Hickpochee Avenue / Bridge Street

Built:  1925 – 1927

Style:  Italian Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Marshall–Jackson Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of La Belle. The building forms the north part of the courthouse complex. The building is an “I” shape and the north front has a one story portico supported by thin columns and having a balcony on the second story. On the northeast corner is a high square brick clock tower. The northwest corner also projects with a small brick cupola at the top. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the first story has wide hallways, ceramic tile floors and wainscoting. The main stairs are located at the west end and are covered with marble and have wrought iron banisters with wood handrails. The County Circuit Court courtroom is located on the second story and has a domed ceiling extending into the third story with ornamental design and four brass chandeliers. There is a small wooden balcony at the west end which is reached from the third story. The building was renovated in 2000 to 2001. The architect was Parker/Mudgett/Smith Architects and the contractor was Chris-Tel Construction.

 

See:  The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..

 

See:  National Register of Historioc Places – Hendry County Courthouse

 

See:  The 20th Judicial Circuit includes Charlotte County, Collier County, Glades County and Lee County.

 

See:  The county is located in the Second Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – Second Judicial District located in Lakeland and Tampa.

 

History: The county was created in 1923 and LaBelle was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1927. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1966 to 1968.

 

County Administration Building – LaBelle 

 

Location:  25 East Hickpochee Avenue / Bridge Street

Built:  1994 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Titsch & Associates

Contractor:  Sowesco Development Corporation

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story reddish brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of LaBelle and is on the south side of the courthouse complex with a courtyard on the east side. The north front has five arches with columns and a recessed entrance, The windows on the second story are large and vertical. The roof line is flat. 

 

 

County Courthouse – LaBelle

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – LaBelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – LaBelle

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2023