Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.
Created: December 3, 1807
Winchester 1807 – present
County Courthouse – Winchester
Location: 1 South Jefferson Street / Dinah Shore Boulevard
Built: 1936 – 1937
Style: Art Deco and Modern
Architect: Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville
Contractor: Niles Yearwood of Nashville
Description: The building faces southwest and is a three story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and was a Work Projects Administration project. The center section on the southwest, projects from the main building. Vertical dividers run between the windows. On the center of the roof is a square white colored clock tower. The interior has murals along the hall. The large courtroom on the second story is now the Commissioner’s Room.
See: The architect, Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville, designed courthouses in Bedford County, Hardin County, Lauderdale County, Madison County, McNairy County, Obion County, Pickett County, Sumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.
Note: The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1814. The second courthouse was built by Elish Merideth in 1839. The courthouse was expanded in 1890. The architect was R A Hunt. The building was demolished. and the present and third courthouse was constructed at a cost of $152,000.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Franklin County Courthouse
County Judicial Center – Winchester
Location: 440 George Farley Parkway / Joyce Lane
Built: 2008 – 2009
Architect: Barge Waggoner Sumner and Cannon, Inc. of Nashville
Contractor: HDH Management Corporation of Dickson.
Description: The building faces south and is a one story brown colored brick, stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the western edge of the city. The south side has a one story porch supported by four stone pillars with recessed glass entrance. The roof line is flat. The courtrooms are located along the entrance lobby.
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Picture 1890 Courthouse
County Judicial Center
Photos taken 2012 and 2018