Greene County

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Greene

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

 

Created:  January 15, 1851

County Seat:

Jefferson  1856 – present

 

County Courthouse – Jefferson

 

Location:  204 South Chestnut Street / East State Street

Built:  1915 – 1917

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Proudfoot, Bird and Rawson

Contractor:  The Rowles Company

 

Description: The building faces south and  is a three story Bedford stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The south front has six high columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story with a pediment containing a clock. The first story has horizontal stone blocks. The interior has a large rotunda with skylight and murals painted by William Peaco. During contruction the superintendent was Norman A Price. On the grounds is the Mahanay Memorial Tower which was built in 1966 and is 165 feet high with a reflecting pool. The tower contains four bells. The bells were specially made in the Netherlands for the $350,000 tower.

 

Note:  The first court meet in the Thomas Phillips Building in Jefferson and a courthouse was built in 1856 at a cost of $1,825. The second courthouse was built at a cost of $37,000. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $200,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Calhoun County and Webster County

E – Boone County

S – Dallas County and Guthrie County

W – Carroll County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008