Madison County

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Madison

Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the President of the United states from 1809 to 1817.

 

Created:  November 7, 1821

County Seat: 

Jackson  1821 – present

 

County Courthouse – Jackson 

 

Location:  100 East Main Street / South Highland Avenue

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville

Contractor:  Foster and Creighton of Nashville

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story cream colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building has a stone framed entrance in the center. Vertical stone pillars divide the windows on the second and third stories. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is is located on the east side of the second story. The building was a Work Projects Administration project.

 

Note: The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1822 on the northeast side of the square. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1825. The third courthouse was constructed by Thomas Brown and Robert Brown in 1845 and was remodeled several in 1907. The architect was Bartlett, Buddemeyer & Chamberlain. The building was demolished in 1935 to make room for the fourth and present courthouse which cost $300,000.

 

See:  The architect, Joseph Holman and Thomas Marr of Nashville, designed courthouses in Bedford County, Franklin County, Hardin County, Lauderdale CountyMcNairy County, Obion County, Pickett County, Sumner County and Weakley County. They also designed the Tennessee Supreme Court in Nashville.

 

County Criminal Justice Complex – Jackson 

 

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Location:  515 South Liberty Street / Tarryard Street

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern

Architect:  TLM Associates, Inc.

Contractor:  Inman Construction Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick, stone, concrete and glass structure. The center section of the building is hexagonal with four one story wings extending at each corner. The east front has a large black polished stone center section with glass entrance on the first story and large window sections on the second and third stories. And then rises to a peak. There are low north and south wings which extend from the main building. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the J Alexander Leech Criminal Justice Complex.

 

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

 

Courthouses: 

N – Crockett County, Gibson County and Carroll County

E – Henderson County and Chester County

S – Chester County and Hardeman County

W – Haywood County and Crockett County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1907 Courthouse

 

 

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County Criminal; Justice Complex

 

 

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Photos taken 2011, 2015 and 2018