Gaston County

US States / N / North Carolina / Gaston County

Gaston County is named for William Gaston, who was a United States Congressman, justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court and who lived from 1778 to 1844.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lincoln County

E – Mecklenburg County

S – York County, South Carolina

W – Cleveland County


Created:  December 21, 1846                Map of North Carolina highlighting Gaston County

County Seat: 

Dallas      1848 – 1911

Gastonia  1911 – present


County Courthouse – Gastonia


Location:  325 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way / West Long Street

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stewart Cooper Newell Architects

Contractor:  Ellis Don Construction Ltd.


Description:  The building faces east and is a five story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Gastonia. The building has a first story portico supported by concrete pillars rising to a blue colored glass roof. The building has a series on square windows divided by sold blue colored glass sections. At the southeast corner is a large one story section. The building houses the County Superior Court and County District Court of the 27th Judicial District. 


Old County Courthouse – Gastonia




Location:  151 South South Street / Court House Alley

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Milburn & Heister of Washington, DC

Contractor:  George W Waring of Columbia


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Gastonia to the south of the courthouse. The building has two large columns each rising on either side of the central entrance. An addition had been added to the west side. The building is now the James B Garland Municipal Business Center.


See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.


Old County Courthouse – Dallas




Location:  134 North Gaston Street / West Trade Street

Built:  1875 – 1876

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  A B Titman

Contractor:   A B Titman


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story white colored stuccoed brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Dallas. The building has staircase rising to the second story on either side of the entrance on the second story. The building was renovated inn 1868. The building is now the Dallas City Hall.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Dallas Historic District


See:  The 27th Judicial District includes Cleveland County and  Lincoln County.


History:  The county was created in 1848 and Dallas was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1848 in Dallas. The courthouse burned in 1874. The second courthouse was built in 1875 to 1876 and is still standing. The county seat was moved to Gastonia in 1911. The third courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1912 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1998.




County Courthouse – Gastonia
















Old County Courthouse – Gastonia







Old County Courthouse – Dallas







Photos taken 2008 and 2012