Bartholomew County is named for Joseph Bartholomew, who was a United States Senator and who was wounded at the Battle of Tippecanoe.
Created: January 8, 1821
Columbus 1821 – present
County Courthouse – Columbus
Location: 234 Washington Street / 3rd Street
Built: 1870 – 1874
Style: Second Empire French
Architect: Isaac Hodgson of Indianapolis
Contractor: McCormack & Sweeney of Columbus
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The east front has a porch with six arches on the first story with balcony on the second story. On the northeast corner is a four story square red colored brick tower with steep roof and platform at the top. Shorter and wider towers are on the Southeast and Northwest corners. White colored stone decorates the windows and the corners.
County Administration – Columbus
Location: 3rd Street / Franklin Street
Built: 1966 – 1968
Description: The building faces south and is a four story brown colored concrete structure. The first story has a recessed arcade The roof line is flat. The building was converted in 1978. The architect was James Associates and the contractor was Taylor Brothers.
W – Brown County
Photos taken 2008