Knox County is named for Henry Knox, who was an American Revolutionary War hero and who served as the first United States Secretary of War from 1785 to 1794.
Surounding County Courthouses:
Created: June 11, 1792
Knoxville 1792 – present
City-County Building – Knoxville
Location: 400 West Main Street / South Gay Street
Built: 1977 – 1979
Architect: McCarty Bullock Holsaple and Lindsay & Maple
Contractor: The Public Building Authority of the County of Knox and the City of Knoxville
Description: The building faces north and is a ten story and a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Knoxville to the south of the old courthouse. The building is named as the City-County Building. The top three stories extend outwards on the north section. The windows are horizontal with concrete divisions between the floors. The roof line is flat. The lower three story section is along the south side. In the interior is a long atrium running east and west. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County Chancery Court, County Criminal Court, County General Sessions Court – Civil and Criminal and County Juvenile Court of the 6th Judicial District.
Note: The Public Building Authority of the County of Knox and the City of Knoxville hired the sub trades and managed the construction project.
Old County Courthouse – Knoxville
Location: 300 West Main Street / South Gay Street
Built: 1884 – 1885
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Palliser & Palliser of New York City, New York
Contractor: Stephenson and Getaz of Knoxville
Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Knoxville. The building has a high square brick clock tower with 2,500 pound bell, rising to a white colored wood cupola with clock and steep green colored roof. In the interior are high hallways and wooden staircases. Wings were added to the west and east sides in 1920 t0 1921. The architect was Albert Baumann of Baumann & Baumann and the contractor was A H Wisman. The building served as the courthouse until 1979.
See: The architect, Palliser & Palliser of New York City, New York, also designed the old courthouse in Escambia County, Florida.
History: The county was created in 1792 and Knoxville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1793. The second courthouse was a stone and brick structure built in 1797. The third courthouse was Greek Revival structure built by John Dameron and Drury P Armstrong in 1839 to 1842. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 184 to 1885 at a cost of $82,000. The City-County Building was constructed in 1977 to 1979.
See: Located in the county is the Tennessee Supreme Court – Knoxville.
City-County Building - Knoxville
Old County Courthouse - Knoxville
Photos taken 2012, 2014 and 2018