Giles County

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Giles County is named for William B Giles, who was a United States Senator and a Governor of Virginia.

 

Created:  November 14, 1809

County Seat:  

Richland Creek  1809 – 1811

Pulaski               1811 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pulaski  

 

Location:  1 Public Square / 1st Street & Jefferson Street

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Benjamin N Smith of Montgomery, Alabama

Contractor:  George Moore and Sons of Nashville

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square in the center of the city.The east front has a large portico with six columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large dome with narrow columns and green roof. The roof is sloped. The interior has a large rotunds under the dome. The large courtroom is located on the north side of the second story and the small courtroom is located on the south side of the second story.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in Richland Creek in 1809 and the second courthouse built in Pulaski in 1811. The third courthouse was constructed by Archibald Alexander in 1815. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1850 and was destroyed by fire in 1856. Court was held in the Odd Fellows Hall until the fifth courthouse was designed by Adolphus Heiman of Nashville and constructed in 1859 at a cost of $27,000. The courthouse burned in 1907 and was replaced by the present courthouse at a cost of $135,000. The construction contract was $97,600.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Maury County

E – Marshall County and Lincoln County

S – Limestone County, Alabama

W – Lawrence County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018