Orange County

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Orange County is named for the orange orchards which are located in the county.

 

Surounding County Courthouses: 

 Lake County and Seminole County

E – Brevard County

S – Osceola County

W – Lake County

 

Created:  December 29, 1824                Map of Florida highlighting Orange County

County Seat:

Enterprise  1824 – 1845

Orlando      1845 – present

 

County Courthouse – Orlando

 

Location:  425 North Orange Avenue / East Amelia Street

Built:  1996 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hanson Lind Meyers Inc.

Contractor:  HLM/Design/ TD / P&D of Charlotte, North Carolina

 

Description: The building faces west and is a twenty three story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Orlando. The north and south wings are five story. The central tower is on the east side with a plaza on the west side. The central entrance is a high semicircular.

 

Old County Courthouse – Orlando

 

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Location:  65 East Central Boulevard / Court Avenue

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Greek

Architect:  Murray S King and James B King

Contractor:  A Bentley and Sons Company

 

Description: The building faces south and Built in 1926, the building is a five story Indians limestone, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Orlando. The south front has three central arches at the entrances. On the second story are high vertical windows. A cornice runs above the second story. The fifth story has small windows. The roof line is flat. The architect was Murray S King and James King and the contractor was[j1]  A Bentley and Sons Company. An annex was constructed in 1960. The building houses the Orange County Regional History Center.

 

History:  The county was created as Mosquito County in 1924 and John Bunch’s house was designated as the county seat. In 1835, the county seat was moved to New Smyrna and then to Enterprise in 1843 and the county was renamed as Orange County in 1845. The county seat was moved to Orland in 1856. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1857. The second courthouse was built by Captain Bulford Sims at a cost of $1,250 in 1869. The third courthouse was a three story frame structure designed by W R Brown and built by A M Hyer in 1875 to 1876 at a cost of $7,800. The fourth courthouse was designed by A S Wagner of Williamsport, Pennsylvania and built by W C Green Company of Chicago, Illinois in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $54,957. The courthouse was demolished. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1926 to 1927 at a cost of $1,000,000 and is still standing. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1997.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Orlando

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Orlando

 

 

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Photos taken 2009