Hamilton County

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Hamilton

Hamilton County is named for Alexander Hamilton, who was the first United States Secretary of the Treasury.

 

Created:  October 25, 1819

County Seat: 

Signal Mountain  1819

Dallas                  1819 – 1840

Harrison               1840 – 1870

Chattanooga        1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Chattanooga

 

Location:  625 Georgia Avenue / East 7th Street

Built:  1911 – 1912

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Rueben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga

Contractor:  George A Fuller Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a large porch with four high columns rising to a header at the roof line. The entrance is recessed.  The cornice running below the flat roof line projects from the building. During construction, the supervising architects were J G Barnwell and C T Jones. An addition was added  on the north side in 1937.

 

Note:  A strikingly beautiful building, the courthouse cost $350,000, and  stands where the earlier courthouse had been struck by lightning in the violent storm of May 7, 1910. The building features Tennessee gray marble, a glazed tile roof, and a colored-glass dome.

 

See:  The architect, Rueben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga, designed courthouses in Henry County, Polk County and Warren County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Hamilton County Courthouse

 

Note:  The first courthouse was Poe’s Tavern, a two story log structure at Walden’s Ridge ( Signal Mountain ). The court moved to the home of John Mitchell. In 1819, the second courthouse was a crude structure built at Dallas. The third courthouse was built in Harrison in 1840. In 1870, James Hall at the northeast comer of Market and Sixth Streets in Chattanooga served as a temporary courthouse until the fourth courthouse (and jail) in the old armory at Fourth and Market Streets, was designated as the court. The fifth courthouse was designed by Alexander Bruce and constructed by Patton & McInuff in 1879 at a cost of $33,500. An addition was designed by William H Floyd and constructed in 1891. The courthouse burned in 1910.

 

County Courts Building – Chattanooga

 

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Location:  600 Market Street / East 6th Street

Built:  1989 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Derthick, Henley & Wilkerson of Chattanooga

Contractor:  ACG, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the west of the courthouse. The west front has an entrance on the north with large concrete canopy. The roof line is flat. 

 

County Justice Building – Chattanooga

 

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Location:  601 Walnut Street / East 6th Street

Built:  1973 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Jack H Tyler and Associates

Contractor:  Robins Engineering, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a six story concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the west of the courthouse. The building was formerly the County Criminal Justice Center Building and is now the County Justice Building housing the jail.

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Chattanooga ( County Juvenile Courthouse )  /. Ooltewah ( Old James County Courthouse )

 

Courthouses: 

N – Rhea County and Meigs County

E – Bradley County

S – Catoosa County, Georgia, Walker County, Georgia and Dade County, Georgia

W – Marion County, Sequatchie County and Bledsoe County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1879 Courthouse

 

 

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County Courts Building

 

 

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County Justice Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018