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Hall County

Hall County is named for Lyman Hall, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lumpkin County and White County 

E – Habersham CountyBanks County and Jackson County

S – Gwinnett County

W – Forsyth County and Dawson County


Created:  December 15, 1818                Map of Georgia highlighting Hall County

County Seat: 

Gainesville  1818 – present


County Courthouse – Gainesville 


Location:  225 Green Street  / Broad Street

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Steven B Hill and H Lloyd Hill Architects and Associates Inc.

Contractor:  Ellis-Don Construction, Inc.


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a four story dark red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Gainesville. The entrance is located at the northwest corner on the first story with a recessed porch and glass panel walls. The first story has a series of arches along the first story, horizontal windows on the second and third stories and arched windows on the fourth story. The roof line is flat. In the interior is an entrance hall on the first story. The hallways run northwest-southeast and on the fourth story is a central skylight. The building has eight courtrooms. The building houses the County Superior Court, County State Court and County Magistrate Court of the 9th Judicial District. A covered walkway extends northwest and the old courthouse is located across a courtyard on the southwest side of the building.


Old County Courthouse – Gainesville 



Location:  SW – Spring Street / Green Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Stripped Classical

Architect:  Daniell and Beutell

Contractor:  Charles Mion


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story white colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Gainesville to the north of the courthouse. The southeast front has a projecting central section with a stone framed entrance in the center. The front has vertical pilasters between the windows and ornamentation below the roof line which has a decorative railing. There is a sloped roof with square white colored cupola with clock. The main part of the building extends southwest and northeast and has a flat roof line. In the interior, the first story was used for office space which surrounds a T-shaped hall. There is a double, marble stair case on the west end and a single, marble stair case with wrought iron and brass rail on the end of the hall which leads to the former courtroom in the central portion of the second floor. There are terrazzo floors and the walls are marble and plaster in the main hallway. On the northwest side is the County Courthouse Annex constructed in 1975 to 1976. The two story building has a marble covered exterior, flat roof and smooth facade, symmetry. On the southeast side the building is connected to the old courthouse by a passage way. The architect was Jacobs, Matthews & Parker, Inc. The building houses the County Juvenile Court and County Probate Court of the 9th Judicial District.


See;  National Register of Historic Places – Hall County Courthouse


 See:  The 9th Judicial District includes Cherokee County, Dawson CountyFannin CountyForsyth CountyGilmer CountyGwinnett CountyHabersham CountyLumpkin CountyPickens CountyRabun CountyStephens CountyTowns CountyUnion County and White County.


History:  The county was created in 1818 and Gainesville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built along Athens Road after 1818. The second courthouse was a wooden building built on the public square in 1820. After five years it was rolled away and used as the Methodist meeting house. The third courthouse was a brick structure built in 1832 and later burned in 1851. The fourth courthouse was built in 1852 and it also burned in 1883.  The fifth courthouse was a brick structure designed by Bruce & Morgan and constructed by Joe B Patton built in 1884 to 1886 on the site of the present City Hall. The building was destroyed by a tornado on July 6, 1936. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1936 and is still standing. The seventh courthouse was constructed in 2000 to 2002.



County Courthouse – Gainesville



















County Superior Court courtroom













County Superior Court courtroom















Old County Courthouse – Gainesville















Bell from 1886 County Courthouse



Photos taken 2013 and 2024