Laurel County

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Laurel County is named for the Mountain Laurel trees that are prominent in the county.


Created:  December 12, 1825

County Seat: 

London  1825 – present


County Courthouse – London  


Location:  101 South Main Street / West 4th Street

Built:  1960 – 1961

Style:  Modern Colonial Georgian

Architect:  Bayless, Clotfelter & Johnson of Lexington

Contractor:  Smith & Brown


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a large portico supported by four large Corinthian columns rising to the pediment at the roof. On the west, the building expands with a north and south wing. On the center of the roof is a high narrow white colored wood cupola with black colored dome and weather vane on top. The building was expanded and renovated in 2005. The architect was Sherman-Carter-Barnhart, Inc. of Lexington and the contractor was McKnight & Associates, Inc. of London.


Note: The previous courthouse was designed by H P McDonald Brothers and constructed by John W Mullens in 1884. The building was destroyed by fire in 1958.


See:  The architect, Bayless Clotfelter and Johnson of Lexington, designed courthouses in Barren County, Breathitt County and Rockcastle County.


County Judicial Center – London  




Location:  305 South Main Street / West 2nd Street

Built:  2008 – 2010

Style:  Modern

Architect:  CMW, Inc. of Lexington

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester


Description:  The building faces east and is a four story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a large porch on the north side of the front with six high columns and glass paneled walls behind. On the south side of the roof is a large square tower. The roof line is flat.



North  – Rockcastle County and Jackson County

East    – Clay County

South – Knox County and Whitley County

West   – Pulaski County and Rockcastle County






































Photos taken 2007 and 2014