Madison County

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Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the President of the United states from 1809 to 1817.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jersey CountyMacoupin County and Montgomery County

E – Bond County and Clinton County

S – Clinton County and St. Clair County

W – St. Louis City, Missouri, St. Louis County, Missouri and St. Charles County, Missouri


Created:  September 14, 1812                                                   Map of Illinois highlighting Madison County

County Seat:

Edwardsville  1812 – present


County Courthouse – Edwardsville


Location:  155 North Main Street / St. Louis Street

Built:  1914 – 1915

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Robert G Kirsch of Saint Louis, Missouri

Contractor:  English Brothers of Champaign


Description: The building faces east and is a four story buff colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Edwardsville. The east front has a projecting center section with the entrance on the first story and two high columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. Between the columns is a high recessed window. On either side of the center section are similar two column segments with windows between. The roof line has a solid stone balustrade. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the ceiling of the rotunda at the center of the building extends three stories above the ground floor to the skylight. The courtroom is located on the second story. 


See:  The contractor, English Brothers of Champaign constructed courthouses in Clay CountyJackson County and Tazewell County.


Note:  During construction, a workman fell into a vat of plaster and emerged as white as an alabaster statute but uninjured.


History:  The county was created in 1812 and Edwardsville was selected as the county seat. The first jail was erected on the public square in 1814 and the first courthouse was a log structure built in 1817. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure called the Donation Courthouse because materials had been donated for the construction between 1821 and 1835. The third courthouse was designed and built by Charles H Pond in 1857. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1914 to 1915 at a cost of $250,000.


County Administration Building – Edwardsville




Location:  157 North Main Street / West College Street

Built:  1990 – 1992

Style:  Modern Neo-Classical

Architect:  Leo A Dals

Contractor:  Kotte-Plocher Construction Company, Inc.


Description: The building faces east and is a four story buff colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Edwardsville on the north side of the courthouse. The southeast corner is rounded. On the center of the roof is a square cupola with large windows. The roof line is flat. 




County Courthouse – Edwardsville



















County Administration Building – Edwadsville







Photos taken 2007 and 2012