Simpson County is named for John Simpson, who was a military captain killed at the Battle of River Raisin.
Created: January 28, 1819
Franklin 1819 – present
County Courthouse – Franklin
Location: 101 West Cedar Street / North Main Street
Built: 1882 – 1883
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: H P McDonald Brothers of Louisville
Contractor: I J Bogan, James N LaRue and W W Bush ( supervisors )
Description: The building faces east and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The east front has a small portico supported by four columns and the entrance has arched windows above the doorway. The square red colored brick tower rises to a third story over the entrance. On the center of the roof is a large white colored square cupola with clock at the top and steep roof. In 1962 wings were added to the building on the north and south sides. The architect was Frank D Cain Jr. The building is located in Courthouse Square.
Note: The first courthouse was constructed in Courthouse Square in 1819. In 1860, the second courthouse was constructed but the building burned in May 1882. The present courthouse retains the original clock and bell made in 1883 by McShane Bell Foundry-Henry McShane and Company of Baltimore, Maryland.
Note: I J Bogan, James N LaRue and W W Bush were appointed to supervise construction. One of the McDonald Brother’s superintendents, Peter Pfeiffer, an experienced stone mason, probably supervised the construction as he had done for the jail in 1879. At that time, Simpson Countian, Cornelius Peden, and his workmen undertook the Herculean task of quarrying, transporting, shaping and assembling the huge limestone blocks for the jail under the watchful and expert eye of Mr. Pfeiffer.
See: The architect H P McDonald and Brothers of Louisville, Kentucky.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Simpson County Courthouse
County Justice Center – Franklin
Location: 101 North Court Street / East Cedar Street
Built: 2002 – 2004
Architect: CMW Inc. of Lexington
Contractor: Venture Contracting Inc.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a projecting center section with large arched window and peaked roof. On either side of the center section are entrances on the first story. The windows along the front are framed with large arches. The wide cornice runs below the flat roof line. The base of the building has white colored concrete. The center section of the building rises to a peak above the roof line.
E – Allen County
W – Logan County
Photos taken 2007 and 2014