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Greene County

Greene County is named for Nathanael Greene, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Madison County

E – Orange County

S – Albemarle County

W – Rockingham County and Page County

 

Created:  January 24, 1838                    Map of Virginia highlighting Greene County

County Seat: 

Stanardsville  1838 – present

 

County Courthouse – Stanardsville  

 

Location:  22 Court Street / Ford Avenue

Built:  1838 – 1839

Style:  Roman Temple

Architect:  William Donoho and William B Phillips

Contractor:  William Donoho and William B Phillips

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Stanardsville. The brick was laid in Flemish bond. The north front has a large portico supported by four white colored Tuscan columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The Roman Doric entablature continue around the building. Wide white colored pilasters are on the façade. The entrance is framed with white colored wood trim. There is a gable roof with fan-light. The interior contains a courtroom on the second story with twin stairs ascending to an elliptical curved gallery. The building houses the Circuit Court and General District Court of the 16th Judicial District. In 1927 and 1928, the front portico was constructed. A fire in 1979 destroyed the interior, but the exterior remained intact. On the east side is the Old County Jail and on the west side is the County Office Building ( 1938 ) which is attached to the one story addition along the south side of the courthouse.

 

Note:  The courthouse was built by William B Phillips, who was a master builder of Thomas Jefferson and the plans followed the Jefferson design for courthouses as did the courthouse in Page County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Greene County Courthouse

 

See:  Thomas Jefferson designed the Roman Temple style of courthouse. Prominent among the courthouse builders who had worked at the University of Virginia were Dabney Cosby, Sr., Malcolm F Crawford, and William B Phillips. They in turn influenced other builders in the Jeffersonian idiom, including Branch Ellington, William A Howard, David Meade, and Valentine Parrish. Courthouse still standing  include those in Buckingham County and Charlotte County designed by Jefferson and those in Caroline CountyClarke CountyCumberland CountyGoochland County, Greene County, Lunenburg CountyMadison CountyMecklenburg CountyNottoway CountyPage County, Rappahannock County and Sussex County.

 

County Courthouse Annex – Stanardsville  

 

Location:  285 Standard Street / Ford Avenue

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Stanardsville on the south of the courthouse. The building forms an “L” shape with a south wing and west wing attached to the County Office Building (1938). The roof is hipped. The building houses the County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations

 

See:  The 16th Judicial Circuit includes Albemarle CountyCharlottesvilleCulpeper CountyFluvanna CountyGoochland County, Louisa County, Madison County and Orange County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1838 and Stanardsville was selected as the county seat. The first and present courthouse was built by William B Phillips, who was a master builder of Thomas Jefferson and the plans followed the Jefferson design for courthouses, in 1839 at a cost of $6,832. The land was donated by Captain William Standard.

 

 

County Administration Building – Stanardsville  

 

 

Location:  40 Celt Road / Main Street

Built:  1981 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story light red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Stanardsville to the west of the courthouse. The east front has a projecting center section with central entrance. The green colored roof is hipped.

 

 

County Courthouse – Stanardsville 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Office Building – Stanardsville

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Stanardsville

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Stanardsville 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013