Indian River County is named for the Indian River which is a long, narrow saltwater lagoon between the mainland and the barrier islands.
Surrounding County Courthouses:
N – Brevard County
S – St. Lucie County
Created: May 30, 1925
Vero Beach 1925 – present
County Courthouse – Vero Beach
Location: 2000 16th Avenue / 20th Street
Built: 1994 – 1997
Architect: Pierce, Goodwin, Alexander & Linville ( PGAL )
Contractor: James A Cummings, Inc. of Fort Lauderdale
Description: The building faces west and is a three story limestone, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vero Beach. The west entrance has a square portico supported by four black colored columns supporting a black colored stone header. Above the portico is a rounded section with green colored dome. The first story extends from the west front of the building. In the interior is a rotunds with black colored columns. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 19th Judicial Circuit and County Court.
Old County Courthouse – Vero Beach
Location: 2145 14th Avenue / 22nd Street
Built: 1936 – 1937
Style: Masonry Vernacular and Modern
Architect: W H Garns & Sons
Contractor: James T Vocelle and William Hensick & Son
Description: The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Vero Beach. The building is an “H” shape. The east front has a central entrance on the first story. The roof line is flat. The former courtroom is located on the second story. An addition was added in 1957 on the south side. An addition was constructed on the north side in 1961. The architect was David V Robinson and the contractor was E M Netto. The building is now a residence.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Indian River County Courthouse
History: The county was created in 1925 and Vero Beach was selected as the county seat. The county first met in a building on Fourteenth Avenue and 21st Street in the Seminole Building and in the Palmetto Hotel at Old Dixie Highway and 19th Street, which buildings are still standing. The first courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1937 at a cost of $75,000. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1994 to 1997 at a cost of $13,200,000.
County Administration Building – Vero Beach
Location: 1801 27th Street / 27th Avenue
Built: 2006 – 2007
Architect: Donadio & Associates of Vero Beach and Song & Associates of Orlando
Contractor: Risk-Turner Construction Company
Description: The building faces north and is a two story stucco and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the north of the center of Vero Beach. The north front has a projecting center section with three large arches, recessed doorway, balcony on the second story and large arched windows on the second story. The roof is hipped.
See: The county is located in the Fourth Judicial District of the Court of Appeal – Fourth Judicial District located in West Palm Beach.
County Courthouse - Vero Beach
Old County Courthouse - Vero Beach
County Administration Building - Vero Beach
Photos taken 2009 and 2018