Orange County is named for Orange County which is located in North Carolina.
Created: December 26, 1815
Paoli 1816 – present
County Courthouse – Paoli
Location: 1 Court Street / Main Street
Built: 1847 – 1850
Style: Greek Revival
Architect: Pattern Book
Contractor: John Baker, Thomas U Thoraton and Arthur I Simpson
Description: The building faces south and is a two story white colored brick structure. The south portico is supported by six white colored columns rising to a pediment. In the portico, stairs ascend to the second story. On the roof is a tall white colored wood cupola with small dome at the top. Additions were built in 1855 and 1881. On August 26, 1970, fire damaged the building and restoration was completed in 1971. The architect was Stratton Hammon – Neal Hammon of Louisville, Kentucky and the contractor was Lindsey’s Lumber & Builders Supply of French Lick. The building was renovated in 1994. The architect was The Odle McGuire & Shook Corporation of Bloomington and Indianapolis and the contractor was Lindsey’s Lumber & Builders Supply of French Lick. From 2008 to 2009 the building was renovated. The architect was DLZ Indians, LCC and James T Kienle & Associates and the contractor was Lindsey’s Construction.
Note: In 1847, the Court House Committee consisting of John Baker, Thomas U Thoraton and Arthur I Simpson were appointed to supervise construction and they hired Andrew L Burke to make the bricks. Michael Ombaker was engaged to lay the stone foundation and to erect the brickwork. William Harman was engaged to do the woodwork.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Orange County Courthouse
County Courthouse Annex – Paoli
Location: 205 East Main Street / SE 2nd Street
Built: 1982– 1983
Contractor: Rome Builders, Inc.
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The entrance on the north side is on the second story which is at ground level with the hill descending to the east. The roof is sloped. The building houses Coiunty offices.
N – Lawrence County
S – Crawford County
Photos taken 2008 and 2012