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Osceola County

Osceola County is named for Osceola, who was the Native American Indian leader who led the Second Seminole War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Orange County

E – Brevard County and Indian River County

S – Okeechobee County

W – Polk County

 

Created:  May 12, 1887                          Map of Florida highlighting Osceola County

County Seat:

Kissimmee  1887 – present

 

County Courthouse – Kissimmee 

 

Location:  2 Courthouse Square / Emmett Street / Rose Avenue

Built:  2001 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  HLM Design of North America of Orlando

Contractor:  Centex Rooney/Gray Construction of Kissimmeee

 

Description: The building faces north and is a six story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Kissimmee. The building has a square tower on the northeast corner with white colored trim at the top. On the west side of the tower is the entrance with an extended canopy. The fourth story has small horizontal windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 9th Judicial Circuit and County Court. The building forms part of the complex with the old courthouse to the northwest and the Administration Building to the north.

 

Old County Courthouse – Kissimmee 

 

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square / Emmett Street / Rose

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  F C Johnson

Contractor:  George H Frost

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Kissimmee. The front center section extends east from the main building. The east portico has three arched entrance on the second story and three arches on the third story with side arches on each story. Above the portico rises a square bell tower with white colored wood cupola at the top. There is stone trim. The roof is hipped. In the interior, there is curly pine wood trim on the Queen Anne door frames, the stairway and wainscoting. On the third story are the large courtroom and anteroom. 

 

Note:  The courthouse is the oldest courthouse in Florida in continuous use.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Osceola County Courthouse

 

See:  The 9th Judicial Circuit includes Orange 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 in 1887 and Kissimmee was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the residence of Kissimmee mayor J H Allen. The second courthouse was a three-story wooden structure originally utilized as an opera house. The third courthouse was built in 1889 to 1890 at a cost of $30,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2000 to 2003.

 

 County Administration Building – Kissimmee 

 

 

Location:  3 Courthouse Square / Emmett Street / Rose

Built:  1977 – 1978

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Watsonand Company

Contractor:  H J High Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Kissimmee. The west front has a one story portico. A wide white colored band runs along the flat roof line. The building faces the old courthouse. The building was remodeled in 2000. The architect was HLM Design of North America of Orlando and the contractor was Centex Rooney/Gray Construction of Kissimmee.

 

 

County Courthouse – Kissimmee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Kissimmee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Kissimmee

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2009