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Bristol is named for the city of Bristol in the United Kingdom.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County

E – Washington County

S – Sullivan County, Tennessee

W – Washington County

Independent City                                   State map highlighting Bristol

 Created:  1890


Courthouse – Bristol


Location:  497 Cumberland Street / Lee Street

Built:  1969 – 1971

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kearfott & Jones Architects

Contractor:  Trammel Construction Company of Bristol


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bristol. and is raised above the street with steps leading to the first story. The south front has recessed porches with vertical brick pillars rising to a wide white colored concrete belt at the roof line. There is a wide white concrete belt between the first and second stories. The windows on the second story are vertical with red colored brick dividers. The roof line is flat.


See:  The 28th Judicial Circuit includes Smyth County and Washington County.


History:  The Independent City was created in 1890 from Washington Countyand changed name from Goodson to Bristol as the south part in Tennessee was named. The first courthouse was designed by Stone Brothers and was constructed by J R McCary & Son in 1910. The second and present courthouse was constructed for use as the City Hall and the cost of construction was $846,800. In April 2003, the building was converted for use as the courthouse and the City Hall was moved a block north.


See:  The courthouse in Bristol, Tennessee in Sullivan County



Courthouse – Bristol















City Hall – Bristol

Photos taken 2013 and 2014