Lafayette County

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Lafayette County is named for Marie Joseph Paul Lafayette, who was a French general who fought in the American Revolutionary War and who lived from 1757 to 1834.

 

Created:  February 9, 1836

County Seat: 

Oxford  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Oxford 

 

Location:  Courthouse Square / Jackson Avenue

Built:  1871 – 1872

Style:  Greek Revival and Italianate

Architect:  Spires Boling of Willis, Sloan and Trigg

Contractor:  Fletcher Sloan

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored stuccoed masonry structure. The building sits on the Courthouse Square. The south front has a central portico with three arches on the first story and four columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balcony on the second story. The north side has a similar portico. On the center of the roof is a high square white cupola with clock at the top. In 1952 to 1953, the east and west bays were added. The architect was Barton A England, Jr. The building was renovated in 1981. The architect was Godfrey Bassett Maisel and Tuminello and the contractor was Grantham Construction Company Inc. The building was further renovated in 2008. The architect was Howorth & Associates Architects and the contractor was Panola Construction Company.

 

See:  The architect, Willis, Sloan and Trigg, also designed courthouses in Marshall County and Hardeman County, Tennessee.

    

Note:  In 1864, the original courthouse was burned by Union troops under the command of General A J “Whiskey” Smith. Following the Civil War the present courthouse was built and completed in January 1872. The Marshall County courthouse is a similar style as the architect and contractor were the same.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lafayette County Courthouse

 

County Chancery Building – Oxford 

 

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Location:  300 North Lamar Boulevard / Monroe Avenue

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel  Architects

Contractor:  ANCO Construction, Inc. of Corinth

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The west front has a central portico with four columns rising to the roof line. A long two story porch extends along the west side. The roof is hipped. 

 

See:  The architect, Johnson Bailey Henderson McNeel  Architects, also designed the Justice Center in Lee County. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tate County and Marshall County

E – Union County and Pontotoc County

S – Calhoun County and Yalobusha County

W – Panola County 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2017