Owen County is named for Abraham Owen, who was killed at the Battle of Tippecanoe and who lived from 1769 to 1811.
Created: February 6, 1819
Owenton 1819 – present
County Courthouse – Owenton
Location: 136 West Bryan Street / Thomas Street
Built: 1858 – 1859
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Nathaniel C Cook of Frankfort
Contractor: Nathaniel C Cook of Frankfort
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square. The east front has a high portico supported by four red colored brick columns. Above the portico is a large white colored square cupola; with copper gold colored dome. On the north and south are small one story wings which were added after the Civil War. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 1930 and in 1970. On the west side is the old jail designed by H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville in 1874.
Note: Confederate and Union troops occupied the courthouse during the Civil War.
See: The architect, H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville, designed courthouses in Adair County, Boone County, Carroll County, Casey County, Graves County, Henry County, Hickman County, Pike County, Simpson County and Trimble County. Harry, Kenneth and Roy McDonald of Louisville, Kentucky designed courthouses in Indiana in Gibson County and Washington County.
County Judicial Center – Owenton
Location: 401 South Main Street / Gaines Avenue
Built: 2010 – 2012
Architect: CMW Inc. of Lexington
Contractor: Codell Construction Company of Winchester
Description: The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The southwest front has a semi-circular porch supported by thin white colored columns. And on the second story is a semi-circular section with round windows ad a white colored dome. Above, there is a large clock with peaked roof. The hipped roof has a central octagonal white colored cupola with gold colored dome. The Circuit Court is located on the second story and the District Court is located on the first story.
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County Judicial Center
Old County Jail
Photos taken 2007 and 2018