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Pinellas County

Pinellas County is named for the Spanish “Punta Pinal” meaning “Point of Pines” or “Piney Point”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Pasco County

E – Hillsborough County 

S – Manatee County

W – Gulf of Mexico 

 

Created:  May 23, 1911                          Map of Florida highlighting Pinellas County

County Seat:

Clearwater  1911 – present

 

County Courthouse – Clearwater

 

Location:  1115 Manatee Avenue West / 11th Street

Built:  1961 – 1963

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Rader and Associates

Contractor:  Allen M Campbell Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Clearwater to the west of the old courthouse. The first story has a recessed arcade along the east and north sides of the building with glass walls. On the north and south sides, the windows are set in large vertical sections with panels between each story. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 6th Judicial Circuit and County Court. In 1980 to 1981 a four story buff colored brick, glass and concrete addition was constructed on the south side and connected to the north building. The addition has large glass windows on the upper stories. The roof line is flat. In the interior are the County Circuit Court courtrooms. The architect was Patrick & Prindle Partners and the contractor was W G Mills Inc. On the east side of the building is a plaza with the old County Courthouse and County Office Building on the east side.

 

Old County Courthouse – Clearwater

 

 

Location:  324   South Fort Harrison Avenue / Court Street

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Francis J Kennard

Contractor:  Bates-Hudnall-Jetton Company

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Clearwater. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Clearwater. The building has a high portico on the east front with four large columns rising to a wide header at the roof line. The north and south wings are recessed. In the interior the hallways have high ceilings and wood wainscoting. The large Old Historic Courtroom is located at the southeast corner of the second story. The courtroom has a high ceiling with wood beams. On the north side is a gallery extending into the third story.  An addition was constructed on the west side in 1927. The architect was Francis J Kennard and Son and Lyman V Martin and the contractor was B F Walker & Sons. The building was renovated in 1997. The architect and contractor was the Pinellas County Services Department.

 

See:  The 6th Judicial District includes Pasco County.

 

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

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Clearwater                                                St. Petersburg

 

Note:  East of the County Judicial Building in St. Petersburg, construction is underway for the new 2nd Court of Appeal Building at 525 Mirror Lake Drive / 5th Street North. The architects are DLR Group of Orlando and Wannemacher Jensen Architects Inc. of St. Petersburg. The cost will be $50,000,000. This building will replace the present buildings located in Lakeland ( Polk County ) and Tampa ( Hillsborough County ).

 

 

County Courthouse – Clearwater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Addition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Circuit Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Courthouse Plaza

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Clearwater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Historic Courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Office Annex – Clearwater

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2023