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Fulton County

Fulton County is named for Robert Fulton, who was the inventor of the first successful steamboat, and who lived from 1765 to 1815.

 

Surrounding Copunty Courthouses: 

N – Cherokeee County and Forsyth County

E – Gwinnett CountyDeKalb County and Clayton County

S – Fayette County and Coweta County

W – Carroll CountyDouglas County and Cobb County

 

Created:  December 20, 1853                Map of Georgia highlighting Fulton County

County Seat: 

Atlanta  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Atlanta 

 

Location:  136 Pryor Street NW / Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Built:  1911 – 1914

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival / Beaux Arts Classisism

Architect:  Anthony Ten Eyck Brown and Morgan and Dillon, Architects

Contractor:  Moise DeLeon./ Fidelity & Deposit ( bonding company )

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a nine story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of Atlanta and is the largest public structure built in the classical idiom in Atlanta. The exterior is smooth faced ashlar. The west facade has at the center six Corinthian hexastyle-in-antis-columns from the fourth to the eighth floor levels. The side elevation has a full height pedimented pavilion. The building has a denticulated cornice and an attic story adorned with terra cotta. The interior the floors are of tile and terrazzo with some carpeting in offices. Ceilings are of acoustical tile and plaster; the walls have some wood paneling. There are twelve County Superior Court courtrooms. The building houses the County Superior Court and the County Probate Court of the 5th Judicial District. The building is named as the Lewis B Slaton Courthouse. The building was renovated in 1995. The project manager was CRSS and AMC and the contractor was Merric Construction. The exterior was renovated in 2021.

  

See:   Anthony Ten Eyck Brown also designed the courthouse in Cherokee County and Clarke County and in Florida in the Miami-Dade County,

 

Note:  The contractor Mosie DeLeon and his company was the beginning contractor but he suddenly disappeared on a trip to Chicago.  He was later found in Australia via a Chinese cargo ship.  He died within a fairly short time of returning to Atlanta.  The Fidelity & Deposit, bonding company administrated the completion of the construction.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Fulton County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Atlanta 

 

 

Location:  195 Central Avenue SW / Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

Built:  1993 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a nine story concrete, steel and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Atlanta on the east side of the courthouse. The building has many courtrooms and is connected to the Charles L Carnes Justice Center Building on the south side of the old courthouse. Constructed in 1959, the three story building is a glass and concrete structure..  Both buildings were renovated in 1996. The building houses the County State Court and the County Magistrate Court of the 5th Judicial District.

 

Charles L Carnes Justice Center Building – Atlanta

 

 

Location:  160 Pryor Street / Mitchell Street

Built:  1957 – 1959

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Atlanta on the south side of the courthouse and houses the County State Court – Criminal of the 5th Judicial District and is named as the Charles L Carnes Justice Center Building.  The building was renovated in 1996. The project manager was FWC Corporation and the contractor was Halls Construction of Georgia, Inc.

 

History:  The county was created in 1853 and Atlanta was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was in the first City Hall, a two story brick structure designed by Columbus Hughes and built in 1853 to 1854 at a cost of $35,000 and the court occupied half of the building. The second courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure built in 1881 to 1882 at the corner of Hunter Street (MLK Jr Street) and Pryor Street at a cost of $100,000. The architect was Parkins & Bruce and the contractor was Patrick Lynch. An annex was constructed in 1897. The architect was Grant Wilkins and the contractor was Gude & Walker. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1914 at a cost of $1,250,000. In 1993 to 1996, the County Justice Center Tower was constructed on the east side of the courthouse.

 

History:  In 1931, Campbell County and Milton County were merged into Fulton County.

 

See:  Located in the county are the Georgia Supreme Court and the Georgia Court of Appeal.

 

Other Courthouses

 

Fulton County Juvenile Justice Center – Atlanta

Atlanta Municipal Courthouse – Atlanta            

Fulton County – South Government Center – Union City 

Old Campbell County Courthouse – Fairburn

 

 

County Courthouse – Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Atlanta

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Magistrate Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Charles L Carnes Justice Center Building – Atlanta

 

 

County State Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013, 2018, 2020 and 2024