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Whitfield County

Whitfield County is named for George Whitefield, who established the Bethesda Orphanage near Savannah in 1840.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Bradley CountyTennessee

E – Murray County

S – Gordon County

W – Walker County and Catoosa County

 

Created:  December 30, 1851                Map of Georgia highlighting Whitfield County

County Seat: 

Dalton  1851 – present

 

County Courthouse – Dalton 

 

Location:  205 North Selividge Street / West King Street

Built:  2004 – 2006

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JKH Architects LLC

Contractor:  Turner Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story light red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dalton. The center of the building projects from the main building and has the main entrance on the first story and glass panels rising from the second to third stories with a triangular panel below the peak at the roof line. The peaked roof runs west along the center section which rises above the main building. To the north are four peaked roofs with triangular panels and glass panels below. The peaks of each section run west to similar peaks on the west side of the building. On the south side is a section with one peak and a large section with flat roof line which incorporated the old 1961 building. In the interior is a high large atrium extending upwards from the first story entrance to the top of the third story. The large original County Superior Court courtroom is located at the center of the west side on the third story. The ceiling of the courtroom follows the raised roof line and horizontal windows run along the top of the upper walls. The building contains nine courtrooms of which five house the County Superior Court. The building houses the County Superior Court, County Juvenile Court, County Probate Court and County Magistrate Court of the 7th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 2021. The architect was Carter Watkins Associates LLC of Monroe and the contractor was Multiplex LLC of Duluth.

 

Note:  The old courthouse constructed in 1891 stood on the same floor plan as the new center section of the present courthouse. The old courthouse had a high clock tower. In 1961, a new courthouse was constructed on the south side. The architect was Abreu and Robeson and the contractor was T L Kiker Construction Company. The current courthouse was constructed around the existing 1961 building and the old 1891 courthouse was torn down.

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See:  The 7th Judicial District includes Barstow CountyCatoosa CountyChattooga CountyCobb CountyDade CountyDouglas CountyFloyd CountyGordon CountyHaralson CountyMurray CountyPaulding County, Polk County and Walker County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1851 and Dalton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wooden structure built in Dalton in 1851. The courthouse was burned by Sherman’s forces in 1864. There was no courthouse for 27 years. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by W Chamberlin and constructed by T L Kiker Construction Company in 1891. The third courthouse was constructed in 1961 and the 1891 courthouse was raised.. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2004 to 2006 at a cost of $29,000,000 and incorporated the 1961 courthouse.

 

County Administration #1 – Dalton 

 

 

Location:  301 West Crawford Street / South Selividge Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Dalton.

 

County Administration #2 – Dalton 

 

 

Location:  214 West King Street / Northh Selividge Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Dalton,

 

 

County Courthouse – Dalton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court orginal courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This photo shows the 1891 courthouse which faced east ( photo courtesy of Gary Brown, Director of Building & Grounds, Dalton )

 

 

This photo shows the 1961 courthouse which faced east ( photo courtesy of Gary Brown, Director of Building & Grounds, Dalton )

 

 

This photo shows the west side of the 1961 courthouse ( photo courtesy of Gary Brown, Director of Building & Grounds, Dalton )

Photos taken 2013 and 2023