Manatee County

US States / A-G / Florida / Manatee County
Manatee

Manatee County is named for the Manatee River which is named after the manatee or sea cow ( Trichechus manatus ).

 

Created:  January 9, 1855

County Seat:

Manatee      1855 – 1866

Pine Level   1866 – 1887

Bradenton   1887 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bradenton

 

Location:  1115 Manatee Avenue West / 11th Street

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  McGucken and Hyer Engineers of Tampa

Contractor:  Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and the north front has a portico supported by four white colored columns rising to a pediment above the second story. The east and west sides project from the main building. There are long colonnades on the east and west side. An addition was constructed in 1925. The building was remodeled in 1954.

 

See:  The contractor Falls City Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky.

 

County Judicial Center – Bradenton

 

0945f09

 

Location:  1051 Manatee Avenue West / 11th Street

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Helimuth, Obata & Kassabaum of Tampa and Fawley-Byrant Architects of Bradenton

Contractor:  Balfour Beatty Construction LLC

 

Description: The building faces west and is a nine story red and buff colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on the east side of the courthouse. and has a high glass walled lobby on the northwest side under an overhanging projection. The building has square lines and small windows.

 

Old County Courthouse – Bradenton

 

1641f18

 

Location:  1404 Manatee Avenue, East / Main Street

Built:  1859 – 1860

Style:  Wood Frame

Architect:  Ezekiel Glazier

Contractor:  Ezekiel Glazier

 

Description: The building faces north and is s a one story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located in the Manatee Village Historical Park and is 25 feet by 35 feet braced post and beam structure with white colored drop siding. There is a gable roof. When the building ceased being used as a courthouse in 1866, it became the Manatee Methodist Church and then the Manatee Methodist Church Parsonage. 

 

Note:  The building is the oldest surviving Florida county courthouse.

 

Courthouses: 

Pinelass County and Hillsborough County 

E – Hardee County and Desoto County

S – Sarasota County

W – Sarasota County and Gulf of Mexico 

 

 

 

0949f09

County Courthouse

 

 

0950f09

 

 

0952f09

 

 

0953f09

 

 

0946f09

County Judicial Center

 

 

1661f18

 

 

1662f18

 

 

1663f18

 

 

0947f09

 

 

0948f09

 

 

1640f18

Old County Courthouse

 

 

1643f18

 

 

1644f18

 

 

1642f18

 

 

1645f18

 

 

1650f18

 

 

1648f18

 

 

1646f18

 

 

1649f18

Photos taken 2009 and 2018