Christian County

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Christian County is named for William Christian, who was a soldier in the American Revolutionary War, and who lived from 1743 to 1786.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Greene County and Webster County

E – Douglas County

S – Taney County and Stone County

W – Stone County and Lawrence County

 

Created:  March 5, 1859                         Map of Missouri highlighting Christian County

County Seat:

Ozark  1859 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ozark  

 

Location:  100 West Church Street / North 2nd Street

Built:  1919 – 1920

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry H Hohenschild

Contractor:  H J Hanson of Sarcoxie

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Ozark. The west front of the square shaped building has a slightly projecting center section with stone framed entrance on the first story and two columns rising from the second story to the top of the third story. Above is a small balustrade. Each entry porch is framed by an entablature of cast stone; the double-doors and undivided full-span transoms are metal replacements. On the third-story is a pair of inoperable oval windows that are framed by a decorative cast stone garland with an eagle perched above, wings spread. The roof line is flat. 

 

See:  The architect, Henry H Hohenschild, also designed courthouses in Barry CountyOsage County, Pemiscot CountyPike CountyPulaski County,  Scott County and Washington County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic PLaces – Ozark Courthouse Square Historic District

 

County Justice Center – Ozark  

 

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Location:  110 West Elm Street / North 2nd Street

Built:  2001 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bates and Associates

Contractor:  R E Small Construction Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped ground in the center of Ozark on the south side of the courthouse. The north front of the rectangular shaped building has a semi-circular center section with four columns on the first story and recessed entrance. The windows are long and vertical. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 38th Judicial Circuit The architect was Bates and Associates and the contractor was R E Small Construction Company. 

 

County Circuit Court Building – Ozark  

 

Location:  102 West Walnut Street / North 2nd Street

Built:  2017 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Paragon Architects Architecture and Treanor Architects of Springfield

Contractor:  DeWitt & Associates Inc. of Springfield

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped ground in the center of Ozark on the south side of the County Justice Center. The east front has a two story section with large windows and the main entrance. The main part of the building which extends west is red colored brick. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the entrance lobby is two stories with stairs ascending to the second story. The building contains additional courtrooms.The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 38th Judicial Circuit.

 

See:  The 38th Judicial Circuit includes Christian County and Taney County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1859 and Ozark was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1860 and was destroyed by fire on August 20, 1865. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built by William Lauring in 1866 under the supervision of James W Robertson at a cost of $7,775. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1919 to 1920 at a cost of approximately $90,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2001 to 2002. The County Circuit Court Building was constrstructed in 2017 to 2019 at a cost of $11,200,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Ozark

 

 

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County Justice Center – Ozark

 

 

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Photos taken 2009