Mercer County

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Mercer County is named for Hugh Mercer, who was killed at the Battle of Princeton and who lived from 1726 to 1777.

 

Created:  October 17, 1785

County Seat: 

Harrodsburg  1785 – present

 

County Courthouse – Harrodsburg 

 

Location:  224 South Main Street / East Office Street

Built:  2010 – 2012

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  CMW, Inc of Lexington

Contractor:  Codell Construction Company of Winchester

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. On the east front is large portico with four large white colored columns rising to the pediment above the second story. There is a wide white colored belt running below the roof line. On the roof is a white colored square wood cupola with clock and a small round cupola at the top.

 

Old County Courthouse – Harrodsburg 

 

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Location:  224 South Main Street / East Office Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  Andrew J Bryan and Leo L Oberwarth

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville

 

Description:  The building faced east and wa a two story red colored brick structure. On the east front was large portico with four large white columns rising to the pediment above the second story. There was a small oval window in the center of the pediment. On the second story was a balcony. On the roof was a white colored square wood cupola with clock and a small round cupola at the top. In 1928 there was a fire and the building was restored. The architect was Churchill & Gillig of Lexington and the contractor was Peter Noland Wilson of Harrodsburg. The building was razed and replaced by the present courthouse.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1787 to 1789 by John Mosby and Jacob Froman. The previous courthouse was designed by Robert Neil in 1817 to 1820. The cost of construction of the third courthouse was $24,237 and the supervising architect was Martin Geertz of Lexington.

 

See: The architect,  Andrew J Bryan, designed the courthouses in Alabama in Coffee County, Lee County and Monroe County; in Georgia in Colquitt County, Pulaski County and Stewart County; in Kentucky in Bracken County; in Louisiana in Pointe Coupee Parish;  in Mississippi in Attala County and Simpson County; and in Texas in Rains County.

 

See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Anderson County

E – Woodford County, Jessamine County and Garrard County

S – Boyle County

W – Washington County

 

 

 

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Courthouse

 

 

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Old Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2014