Manatee County is named for the Manatee River which is named after the manatee or sea cow ( Trichechus manatus ).
Created: January 9, 1855
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
Location: 1051 Manatee Avenue West / 11th Street
Built: 2007 – 2008
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
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.
S – Sarasota County
W – Sarasota County and Gulf of Mexico
County Judicial Center
Old County Courthouse
Photos taken 2009 and 2018