Van Buren County

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Van Buren

Van Buren County is named for Martin Van Buren, who was President of the United States of America.

 

Created:  January 3, 1840

County Seat: 

Spencer  1840 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Spencer  

 

Location:  179 Veterans Square / College Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Federal

Architect:  L E Hawthorne and J H Roy

Contractor  L E Hawthorne and J H Roy

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the west side of the center of the city. The building is rectangular with a central entrance on the south side which is framed with white colored wood. The windows are vertical and narrow. On the center of the roof is a rectangular white colored cupola. The roof is hipped. The building is now owned by the Historical Society and is no longer used as a courthouse.

 

Note:  The first court met at the home of William Worthington and in 1840, the first courthouse was  an old house purchased in Spencer. The second courthouse was built in 1848 by Nathan F Trogden. The building was damaged during a storm and a courthouse committee awarded a contract on August 2, 1904 to built a new courthouse on the same site.

 

County Administration – Spencer  

 

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Location:  121 Taft Drive / Highway 111

Built:  2016 – 2018

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Upland Design Group Inc. of Crossville

Contractor  J Cumby Construction Inc. of Cookeville

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of the city. The east front has ha central entrance with a high concrete section which projects from the main building and has two vertical windows on the second story. A narrow horizontal concrete belt run between the first and second stories.  And a wide horizontal belt runs along the extended flat roof line. The building contains the Commissioner’s Room and the Courtroom. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – White County

E – Cumberland County and Bledsoe County

S – Sequatchie County

W – Warren County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Former Courtroom

 

 

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Commissioner Minutes – building courthouse

 

 

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County Administration

 

 

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Commissioner’s Room

 

 

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Courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2012, 2014 and 2018