Morgan County

US States / A-G / Alabama / Morgan County
Morgan

Morgan County is named for Daniel Morgan, who was a United States Congressman.

 

Created:  February 8, 1818

County Seat:

Somerville  1818 – 1891

Decatur     1891 – present

 

County Courthouse – Decatur

 

Location:  302 Lee Street NE / Line Street NE

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Walter Hickman  Hall of Hall and Colvard

 

Contractor:  Gresham, Williams, and Johnson company of Decatur

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a four story concrete structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The northeast front has a recessed porch on the second and third stories with steps on either side. The first story has glass walled entrances. The top story has vertical dividers between the windows. The building has a flat roof line.

 

Note: The first courthouse was built in Somerville 1825 and the second courthouse was built in 1837 which is still standing. The third courthouse was built by John T Banks in Decatur in 1887 and became the courthouse in 1891 when the county seat was moved. The fourth courthouse was designed by W Chamberlain & Company of Knoxville, Tennessee and constructed by Lawrenson & Wallen in 1892 to 1894. The building was renovated in 1918. The architect was Harry Frahn of Nashville, Tennessee and the supervisor of construction was J W Frahn. The courthouse was destroyed by fire in 1926. The fifth courthouse was designed by Bem Price and constructed in 1928. The courthouse was demolished in 1976 when the sixth and present courthouse was completed.

 

Old County Courthouse – Decatur

 

110f15

 

Location:  402 Oak Street / Cain Street

Built:  1887 – 1888

Style:  Federal

Architect:  John T Banks

Contractor:  John T Banks

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the northwest of the courthouse and was constructed as a drug store and served as the courthouse from 1891 to 1894. The west front of the rectangular building has a central entrance with vertical windows on either side which are framed and recessed. The roof line is flat. The building is names as the John T Banks Building and now houses offices. In 2000 to 2002, the building was renovated by Ronald Terry and Joyce Terry of Decatur.

 

Old County Courthouse – Somerville

 

2060c14

 

Location:  24 Courthouse Square / Broad Street

Built:  1837

Style:  Federal

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story two red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located in Courthouse Square surrounded by landscaped grounds in the center of the town. The north front has a central entrance with white colored wood frame. On the center of the roof is a square white colored wood cupola with hexagonal section and dome at the top. The roof is hipped.

 

Note:  The courthouse in Somerville is the oldest original courthouse in Alabama. Special taxes were levied by the Alabama legislature in 1836 to pay for the construction. After 1891, the building was used as a school and is presently used for meetings of the Somerville Town Council.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Somwrville Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Limestone County and Madison County

E – Marshall County

S – Cullman County

W – Lawrence County

 

 

 

1174t18

County Courthouse

 

 

1080a10

 

 

 

1083a10

 

 

1084a10

 

 

106f15

 

 

109f15

 

 

1085a10

 

 

1178t18

 

 

1079a10

 

 

xa

Cornerstone 1892 Courthouse

 

 

xb

Remodel 1892 Courthouse in 1918

 

 

112f15

Old County Courthouse – Decatur

 

 

111f15

 

 

113f15

 

 

115f15

 

 

114f15

 

 

2061c14

Old County Courthouse – Somerville

 

 

2062c14

 

 

2063c14

 

 

2064c14

 

 

2066c14

 

 

2068c14

 

 

2059c14

Photos taken 2010, 2014, 2015 and 2018