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
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
Location: 705 Justice Drive / South Main Street
Built: 2006 – 2008
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.
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County Justice Center
Photos taken 2011 and 2018