Lawrence County

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Lawrence

Lawrence County is named for James Lawrence, who was an American naval officer best known for his last words “Don’t give up the ship!”.

 

Created:  February 14, 1845

County Seat:

Mount Vernon  1845 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mount Vernon  

 

Location:  1 East Courthouse Square / North Main Street

Built:  1900 – 1901

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  George E McDonald of Omaha, Nebraska

Contractor:  J D Armstrong of Chicago ( defaulted ) T A Miller of Aurora

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story course gray colored limestone  structure. The building fis located on courthouse square. The building is 48 feet by 104 feet. The south front has an arch at the entrance on the first story. The centre section projects slightly from the main building and rises to a peak. There are large square stone towers with domed roofs on each corner. On the center of the roof is a square clock tower with domed roof and statue of Justice at the top.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by Matlock and Sanford in 1846 at a cost of $700. The second courthouse was built by Stephen M Walcott, of Newton County in 1853 to 1855 at a cost of $7,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $48,875.

 

County Justice Center – Mount Vernon  

 

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Location:  240 North Main Street / East Water Street

Built:  2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Richard Warner

Contractor:  Crossland Construction of Kansas City

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story cement and glass structure. The west front has a gray colored concrete section with concrete pillars diving the recessed glass panel walls. Above is a wide header. The building is tiered going east. The roof line is flat.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Dade County

E – Greene County, Christian County and Stone County

S – Barry County

W – Newton County and Jasper County 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009