Laurel County is named for the Mountain Laurel trees that are prominent in the county.
Created: December 12, 1825
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.
County Judicial Center – London
Location: 305 South Main Street / West 2nd Street
Built: 2008 – 2010
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.
East – Clay County
Photos taken 2007 and 2014