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Orange County

Orange County is named for the orange orchards which are located in the county.

 

Surounding County Courthouses: 

 Lake County and Seminole County

E – Brevard County

S – Osceola County

W – Lake County

 

Created:  December 29, 1824                Map of Florida highlighting Orange County

County Seat:

John Bunch House  1824 – 1835

New Smyrna            1835 – 1843

Enterprise                1843 – 1856

Orlando                    1856 – present

                  

County Courthouse – Orlando

 

Location:  425 North Orange Avenue / East Amelia Street

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hanson Lind Meyers Inc.

Contractor:  HLM/Design/ TD / P&D of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Description: The building faces west and is a twenty-three story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Orlando. The north and south wings are five stories forming a “U” shape with the central tower on the east side and with a plaza on the west side. The central entrance is a high semicircular structure The roof line is flat with rounded roof on the central tower. The building houses the Circuit Court – Civil of the 9th Judicial Circuit and County Court. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Orlando

 

 

Location:  65 East Central Boulevard / Court Avenue

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Greek

Architect:  Murray S King and James B King

Contractor:  A Bentley and Sons Company

 

Description: The building faces south and Built in 1926, the building is a five story Indians limestone, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Orlando. The south front has three central arches at the entrances. On the second story are high vertical windows. A cornice runs above the second story. The fifth story has small windows. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the former courtroom has been preserved.  An annex was constructed in 1960. The architect was Ralph P Lovelock and James B King. The building houses the Orange County Regional History Center.

 

See:  The 9th Judicial Circuit includes Osceola County.

 

See:  The county is located in the Fifth Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – Fifth Judicial District located in Daytona Beach.

 

History:  The county was created as Mosquito County in 1924 and John Bunch’s house was designated as the county seat. In 1835, the county seat was moved to New Smyrna and then to Enterprise in 1843 and the county was renamed as Orange County in 1845. The county seat was moved to Orland in 1856. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1857. The second courthouse was built by Captain Bulford Sims at a cost of $1,250 in 1869. The third courthouse was a three story frame structure designed by W R Brown and built by A M Hyer in 1875 to 1876 at a cost of $7,800. The fourth courthouse was designed by A S Wagner of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and built by W C Green Company of Chicago, Illinois in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $54,957. The courthouse was demolished. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927 at a cost of $1,000,000 and is still standing. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1997.

 

 

County Courthouse – Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Orlando

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009