Davidson County is named for William Lee Davidson, who was a colonial soldier during the American Revolutionary War.
Created: October 6, 1783
Nashville 1783 – present
County Courthouse – Nashville
Location: 1 Public Square / 3rd Avenue
Built: 1936 – 1937
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Emmons H Woolvine and Frederick C Heirons
Contractor: J A Jones Construction
Description: The building faces south and is a seven story limestone, steel framing and reinforced concrete walls and roof structure. The building is rectangular in shape with three central recessed entrances on the south and north sides. There are numerous vertical pillars between the windows on the north and south sides. The top story is recessed. The building also houses the City Hall offices. The building was a Works Project Administration project. The building is named as the Metropolitan Courthouse.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by in 1857. The building was enlarged in 1910. The architect was Wheeler, Runge and Dickey.
County Justice Center – Nashville
Location: 408 2nd Avenue North / James Robertson Parkway
Built: 2004 – 2006
Architect: Gresham Smith & Partners
Contractor: Bell & Associates Construction Company
Description: The building faces south and is a six story structure. The main entrance is located on the south side where there is a projecting three story section. On the southwest corner is a concrete tower rising above the roof line. The windows are vertical. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Adolphus A Birch Justice Center.
County Metropolitan Justice Center ( Ben West Municipal Building ) – Nashville
Location: 100 James Robertson Parkway / 2nd Avenue North
Built: 1936 – 1937
Style: Modern Greek Revival
Architect: Henry C Hibbs
Contractor: Foster & Creighton
Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city on the south side of the County Justice Center. The central entrance has a porch with six columns and recessed entrance. A horizontal white colored belt runs between the first and second stories. At the east and west ends are entrances with gabled roof above. At the center of the building is a large red colored brick dome with white colored roof. The roof is hipped. The doom rises above a large interior rotunda. The building is connected to the County Justice Center on the north side and houses Chancery Court, Circuit Court, and several Metro Government offices. In 1956 a large addition was constructed on the north side. The building was renovated in 1983. The architect was Sverdrup & Parcel and Associates, Inc. and the contractor was B B Anderson Construction Company. The building was renovated in 2006 to 2007 when the Justice Center was constructed on the north side.
Note: The building was constructed as the Nashville City Market and became the Municipal Safety Building in 1955, the Metropolitan Justice Center in 1983 and later named as the Ben West Municipal Building.
See: Located in the county is the Tennessee Supreme Court – Nashville.
County Courthouse / City Hall
County Justice Center
Metropalitan Justice Center
Photos taken 2014 and 2018