Perry County

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Perry County is named for Oliver Hazard Perry, who was a naval office in the War of 1812 and won a decisive naval victory at the Battle of Lake Erie.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Randolph County, Illinois and Jackson County, Illinois

E – Jackson County, Illinois and Union County, Illinois

S – Cape Giradeau County and Bolinger County

W – Madison County and Ste. Genieve County


Created:  November 16, 1820                Map of Missouri highlighting Perry County

County Seat: 

Perryville  1821 – present


County Courthouse – Perryville  


Location:  15 West Sainte Maries Street / North Jackson Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  John W Gaddis of Vincennes, Indiana

Contractor:  Caldwell and Drake of Columbus, Indiana.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building located on spacious grounds and is 65 feet by 92 feet. At each entrance is a small white colored wood portico on the first story. The center sections rise to peaked gables at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with peaked roof. There are horizontal bands of stone.


See:  The architect, John W Gaddis of Vincennes, Indiana also designed courthouses in Illinois in Crawford County and Wayne County, in Indiana in Clay County, Huntington County and Putnam County.


See:  The 32nd Judicial District covers Bollinger County, Cape Giradeau County and Perry County.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1825 at a cost of $1,486.25. The second courthouse was built under the supervision of John R Layton in 1861 at a cost of $8,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $31,819.




County Courthouse – Perryville










Photos taken 2009