Andrew County

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Andrew County is named for Andrew Jackson Davis, who  was a prominent citizen of St. Louis and Savannah.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Nodaway County

E – Gentry County and DeKalb County

S – Buchanan County and Doniphan County, Kansas

W – Doniphan County, Kansas and Holt County 

Created:  January 29, 1841                    Map of Missouri highlighting Andrew County

County Seat:

Savannah  1841 – present

 

County Courthouse – Savannah

 

Location:  411 Court Street / South 5th Street

Built:  1898 – 1900

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska and Alfred Meier of St. Joseph

Contractor:  J A Nason of Northern Building Company of Minneapolis, Minnesota

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Savannah. Built of pressed brick, the building has a slate roof and sandstone ornamental trim. The building is 84 feet by 104 feet and 120 feet high. The south front has a center projection with stone trimmed arch on the first story. On each corner is a large square brick tower with white colored dome. In the center of the building is a square white colored cupola with white colored dome and a statue of Justice at the top. The large courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit. The building was renovated in 1976 to 1978.

 

See:  The architect, George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska designed courthouses in Kansas in Elk Countyin Missouri in Bates County, Johnson County and Lawrence County; in Nebraska in Fillmore County and Nuckolls County and in Wyoming in  Niobrara County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Andrew County Courthouse

 

See:  The 5th Judicial Circuit includes Andrew County and Buchanan County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1841 and Savannah was designated as the county seat. The first court met in the home of Gallant Rains. The first courthouse was a wood and stone frame structure was built by James Herring and Gallant Rains in 1841. The second courthouse was a two story rectangular brick structure designed by Samuel Knight and built by Samuel Nelson, James Nelson and John Nelson in 1844 to 1845 for a cost of $6,280. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1900 at a cost of $48,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Savannah

 

 

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Photos taken 2008