Caldwell County

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Caldwell County is named for Joseph Caldwell, who was the first president of the University of North Carolina.


Surrounding Courts Courthouses: 

N – Watauga County and Wilkes County

E – Alexander County and Catawba County

S – Burke County

W – Burke CountyAvery County and  Watauga County


Created:  January 11, 1841                    Map of North Carolina highlighting Caldwell County

County Seat: 

Lenoir  1841 – present


County Courthouse – Lenoir  


Location:  216 Main Street SW / Ashe Avenue NW

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Neoclassical Revival and Art Deco

Architect:  Wheeler, Runge and Dickey of Charlotte

Contractor:  William A Otter and E A Poe


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Lenoir. The front of the building projects and has a central entrance. A wide belts runs along the top of the second story windows. Fluted stone pilasters flank the doors and windows of the central five bays of the seven-bay façade and carry a Doric frieze. Tripartite windows on the façade are surmounted by transoms with geometric metal screens at the first story level. The roof line is flat. The building was encapsulated in the 1928 to 1929 remodeled structure. The architect was Martin Luther Hampton of Miami, Florida and the contractor was Hartley & Smith. A skywalk connects the 1929 block of the courthouse to the 1962 sheriff’s department and jail on the east side of Mulberry Street. An addition containing courtrooms was constructed at the north side in 1990 to make the two buildings appear as one. The northwest entrance has an open portico with glass walls. The architect was Northwest Associates, Architects and Harwood Beebe Company, Inc. and the contractor was Wilkie Construction Company, Inc.


Note:  The cost of construction in 1904 was $25,000. The remodeling in 1929 cost $170,000.


See:  The architect,  Wheeler & Runge of Charlotte, designed courthouses in Ashe County, Avery CountyRandolph CountyStokes County and Wilkes County.


History:  After 1841, the first courthouse and jail were built in Lenoir in 1843. The courthouse was a wood structure.. The second and present courthouse was built in 1904 to 1905. The building was remodeled in 1928 to 1929 and an addition was constructed in 1990.




County Courthouse – Lenoir






















County Courthouse Addition – Lenoir










Photos taken 2012