Polk County

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Polk County is named for James Knox Polk, who was the eleventh President of the United States of America.

 

Created:  November 28, 1839

County Seat: 

Benton  1839 – present

 

County Courthouse – Benton  

 

Location:  101 Main Street / Ward Street

Built:  1936 – 1937

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  R H Hunt & Company of Chattanooga

Contractor:  Forgum Jones Company

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The northwest front has a recessed central entrance. The windows are vertical with panels between. The center section projects from the main building. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was a Work Projects Administration project.

 

See:  The architect, Rueben Harrison Hunt of Chattanooga ( R H Hunt & Company ), designed courthouses in Hamilton CountyHenry County and Warren County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Polk County Courthouse

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built on the courthouse square in 1840. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1851 and burned in 1894. The third courthouse was constructed by W R Harper in 1897 and burned on December 3, 1935. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $100,000.

 

County Justice Center – Benton  

 

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Location:  161 Industrial Access Circle / Parksville Road

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Webb Brothers

Contractor:  Webb Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of the city. The south front has a high section with porch on the first story supported by brick pillars and with recessed glass entrance. The roof line is flat. The courtrooms are located along the first story hall. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – McMinn County and Monroe County

E – Cherokee County, North Carolina

S – Fannin County, Georgia and Murray County, Georgia

W – Bradley County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1897 Courthouse

 

 

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County Justice Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2018