Fayette County

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Fayette

Fayette County is named for Gilbert du Motier, marquis de La Fayette, who was a French general who fought in the American Revolutionary War and who lived from 1757 to 1834.

 

Created:  September 29, 1824

County Seat: 

Somerville  1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – Somerville  

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square – Main Street / Highway 64

Built:  1925 – 1926

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  George Mahan Jr.

Contractor:  Forcum & James Lumber Company of Obion

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff  colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of the city. The south front has a projecting porch with four large columns rising to a wide header. A cornice runs below the flat roof line. On the center of the roof is a large green colored copper dome rising to a clock tower. The large courtroom is located at the center of the second story.

 

Note:  The first courthouse in 1824 was the log home of Robert G Thornton. In 1833, Joseph Coe built the second courthouse which was a brick structure. The third courthouse designed by Jones & Baldwin and constructed in 1878 at a cost of $75,000. The building was destroyed by fire in 1925. The cost of construction of the fourth and present courthouse was $115,000. The electic contract was awarded to Fowler Electric Company of Memphis, brick was purchaced from Fant and Anderson of Memphis and the heating and plumbing contract was awarded to C A Oliver of Somerville. During construction, the court met at the Eagle Hotel and Lipsky’s Opera House.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Somerville Historic District

 

County Justice Center – Somerville  

 

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Location:  705 Justice Drive / South Main Street

Built:  2006 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc.

Contractor:  Reed Construction

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped ground on the southern edge of the city. The north front has a large center portico with four columns rising to a sloped roof section. The entrance is recessed. With a large square flat dome behind the portico. The east and west wings are lower and have vertical windows.

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the Justice Center was $12,000,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tipton County and Haywood County

E – Hardeman County

S – Benton County, Mississippi and Marshall County, Mississippi

W – Shelby County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2011 and 2018