Broward County is named for Napoleon Bonaparte Broward, who was a Governor of Florida.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
Created: April 30, 1915
Fort Lauderdale 1915 – present
Old County Courthouse – Fort Lauderdale
Location: 201 SE 6th Street / SE 3rd Avenue
Built: 1960 – 1962
Architect: James M Hartley
Description: The building faces south and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Fort Lauderdale. The building has a glass wall along south side towards the east end. The east end has a rounded corner with large glass windows and a tall glass pillar. The main entrance is located in the center section with a ten story section on the west side. The building was further enlarged in 1992 to 1995 by the construction of a seven story north tower. The architect was Michael A Shiff & Associates. The building is to be demolished.
County Judicial Complex – Fort Lauderdale
Location: 201 SE 6th Street / SE 1st Avenue
Built: 2012 – 2017
Architect: Spillis Candela & Partners/ Heery/Cartaya & Associates
Contractor: Cummings A Cummings Inc. of Fort Lauderdale
Description: The building faces south and is a twenty story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Fort Lauderfdale on the west side of the former courthouse. On the east side is a five story section with vertical steel columns on the east side with recessed glass walls. The first story has a porch along on the south side supported by steel columns. On the west and north sides is the twenty story tower with dark blue colored glass walls. The roof line is flat. In the interior is a six story atrium. There are 74 courtrooms and hearing rooms. The bell from the old 1928 courthouse is located in the lobby. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit and County Court.
History: The county was created in 1915 and Fort Lauderdale was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a converted Dade County school built in 1915. The second courthouse was a two story structure with a 90 foot tower with bell built in 1926 to 1928 at a cost of $375,000. The architect was Morris Peterman and the contractor was John G Johnson. The courthouse had additions built in 1947 and 1956 when the architect was William G Crawford and the contractor was Richardson Construction Company. The courthouse was razed in 1960. The third courthouse was constructed in 1960 to 1962. The architect was James M Hartley. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2012 to 2017 at a cost of $178,000,000.
County Administration Building – Fort Lauderdale
Location: 115 South Andrews Avenue / SW 2nd Street
Built: 1984 – 1985
Description: The building faces southeast and is a four story concrete structure.
See: The county is located in the Fourth Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – Fourth Judicial District located in West Palm Beach.
Old County Courthouse - Fort Lauderdale
County Judicial Complex - Fort Lauderdale
County Administration Building - Fort Lauderdale
Photos taken 2009 and 2018