Nelson County

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Nelson County is named for Thomas Nelson, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, and who lived from 1738 to 1789.

 

Created:  October 18, 1784

County Seat: 

Bardstown  1784 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bardstown  

 

Location:  Court Square / North 3rd Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:   Mason Maury and William J Todd

Contractor:  Edward Baker Smith

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story dark red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located in the center of Courthouse Square. The central square tower rises four stories and has a mansard roof. A wide curved stone arch frames the north entrance. Above the entrance are a set of windows close together and framed with white colored stone. White colored stone decorates the central tower. There is a peaked roof on either side of the central tower.

 

See:  The architect, Mason Maury, also designed the courthouse in Bullitt County and the former courthouse in Barren County.

 

County Justice Center – Bardstown

 

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Location:  200 Nelson County Plaza / E Stephenson Road

Built:  2002 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  John Romanowitz of JRA, Inc.

Contractor:  F W Owens Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The west front has a large portico with four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line.  Above the entrance is a large arched window on the second story. The roof is hipped. The building has a eastern one story extension.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Bullitt County and Spencer County

E – Anderson County, Washington County and Marion County

S – Larue County

W – Larue County, Hardin County and Bullitt County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2018