Baker County is named for James McNair Baker, who was a judge and a Confederate States Senator.
Created: February 8, 1861
Sanderson 1861 – 1886
Macclenny 1886 – present
County Courthouse – Macclenny
Location: 339 East Macclenny Avenue / North 2nd Street
Built: 1940 – 1948
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Roy A Benjamin of Jacksonville
Contractor: Works Progress Administration using local trades
Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Macclenny and the south front has a large portico supported by four high columns with a wide pediment containing a clock. A white colored stone band runs horizontally below the roof line. On the east and west sides are one story wings. There is a large mural in the entrance lobby. The building was a Works Progress Administration project. The building was renovated in 2002. The architect was Rink Reynolds Diamond Fisher of Jacksonville and the contractor was The Auchter Company.
Note: Due to the start of World War II, construction of the courthouses was delayed until the war ended.
Old County Courthouse – Macclenny
Location: 14 West McIvor Avenue / South 5th Street
Built: 1908 – 1909
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia
Contractor: Mutual Construction Company
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and limestone trim structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Macclenny. The north front has a small portico supported by four columns. On the second story is a large window with pediment above at the roof line. Each of the corners of the building are six sided towers. A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a high cupola with clock and red colored dome at the top. The building is now the Emily Taber Library.
See: The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..
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Old County Courthouse
Photos taken 2009 and 2018