Bell County

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Bell County is named for Joshua Fry Bell, who was a Kentucky legislator from 1862 to 1867.

 

Created:  February 28, 1867

County Seat: 

Pineville  1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pineville 

 

Location:  101 Courthouse Square / Pine Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  John W. Gaddis of Indiana

Contractor:  Moraw Building Company of Chicago, Illinois.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick structure. The north front has a large portico supported by four large columns rising to the pediment at the roof line. In the center of the pediment is a clock. A white horizontal band runs below the projecting cornice near the roof line. In 1944 a fire gutted the building.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville in 1888 and was destroyed by fire in 1914.

 

County Judicial Center – Pineville 

 

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Location:  101 Park Avenue / Pine Street

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Vaughan & Melton of Middleboro

Contractor:  W B Browning Construction Company of Pineville

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story dark brown colored brick structure. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Farmer Helton Judicial Center.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Knox County and Clay County

E – Leslie County, Harlan County and Lee County, Virginia

S – Lee County, Virginia and Claiborne County, Tennessee

W – Whitley County and Knox County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2014