DeKalb County

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DeKalb

DeKalb County is named for Johann de Kalb, who was a major general in the American Revolutionary War.

 

Created:  January 9, 1836

County Seat:

Lebanon     1836 – 1876

Fort Payne  1876 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fort Payne

 

Location:  200 Grand Avenue / 3rd Street SW

Built:  1949 – 1950

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc. of Montgomery

Contractor:  Wey-Leonard Construction Company

 

Description:  The building  faces southeast and is a five story brown colored brick and concrete structure.  The building is located on sloped landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southwest front has five openings on the first story and six columns rising from the second story to the top of the fourth story with a wide header running below the fifth story. The eaves at the roof line project from the building. There is stone trim on the building corners. The courtroom is located on the third story and the Probate courtroom is located on the first story. Dark red colored brick addition extends down the hill on the south and north sides. In 1974, the fifth story was added. The architect was Dickenson & Davis. The building was renovated in 1999 to 2000. The architect was Alan L Williamson Architect & Associates and the contractor was T U Parks Construction Company. The building was further renovated in 2003.

 

Note:  The architect, Sherlock, Smith & Adams, Inc. of Montgomery, designed couthouses in Geneva County, Marengo County and Monroe County. The excavation work was done by Cassidy & Stowe and the total cost raised by a bond was $370,000.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse in Fort Payne was designed by Walter Chamberlain and constructed by Pearce & Morgan in 1891.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

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Location:  County Road 293 / County Road 52

Built:  1841 – 1842

Style:  Colonial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The buillding  faces east and is a two story red colored brick and wood  structure. The building was built as a Land Office and Courthouse, and remained the Courthouse of DeKalb County until l876 when the stage coaches serving Lebanon gave way to progress. The County Seat moved to Fort Payne in l876 where railway service was available.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County

E – Dade County, Georgia, Walker County, Georgia and Chattooga County, Georgia

S – Cherokee County and Etowah County

W – Marshall County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Lebanon

 

 

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Photos taken 2010, 2014 and 2018