Knox County

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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.

 

Created:  June 11, 1792

County Seat: 

Knoxville  1792 – present

 

County Courthouse – Knoxville 

 

Location:  400 West Main Street / South Gay Street

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

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 concrete and glass structure. The building is the City-County Building. The top three stories extend outwards. The windows are horizontal with concrete divisions between the floors. The roof line is flat. On the north side is a two story concrete and glass structure being the old City Hall and  connected by a walkway over West Hill Street.

 

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 

 

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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 has a high square brick clock tower rising to a white colored wood cupola with clock and steep green colored roof. Wings were added to the west and east sides in 1920 to 1921. The architect was Albert Baumann of Baumann & Baumann and the contractor was A H Wisman. The building served as the courthouse until 1979.

 

Note:  Built at a cost of $82,000.00 the courthouse was considered fireproof, and included a 2,500-pound bell.

 

See:  The architect, Palliser & Palliser of New York City, New York, also designed the old courthouse in Escambia County, Florida.

 

See: Located in the county is the Tennessee Supreme Court – Knoxville.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Anderson County and Union County

E – Grainger County, Jefferson County and Sevier County 

S – Sevier County, Blount County and Loudon County 

W – Roane County and Anderson County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2012, 2014 and 2018