Palm Beach County

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Palm Beach

Palm Beach County is named for the many palm trees along the ocean beaches.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

 Martin County

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Broward County

W – Hendry County and Glades County


Created:  August 30, 1909                      Map of Florida highlighting Palm Beach County

County Seat:

West Palm Beach  1909 – present


County Courthouse – West Palm Beach 


Location:  205 North Dixie Highway / 3rd Street

Built:  1992 – 1995

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Michael A Shiff and Associates Inc and Hansen and Meyers Inc

Contractor:  The George Hyman Construction Group


Description:  The building faces east and is a multi story concrete and glass  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of West Palm Beach across from the old courthouse. In the center of the first story is a large arch with entrances on the north and south. The windows are vertical with concrete dividers between. The upper stories have large glass paneled sections. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Judge Daniel T K Hurley Courthouse. The courtrooms are located on the ninth to eleventh stories. The building houses the Circuit Court of the 15th Judicial Circuit and County Court. 


Old County Courthouse – West Palm Beach 




Location:  300 North Dixie Highway / 3rd Street

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  W B Talley

Contractor:  E P Maule


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of West Palm Beach. The west front has a central portico with four Corinthian columns rising to a wide pediment at the third story with a large eagle crest. A wide cornice runs along the top of the second story. The north and south sections project slightly from the main building. The roof line is flat. In the interior is marble wainscoting and mosaic tile flooring. The former main courtroom is located on the third story with ceiling rising to the fourth story and having a plaster ceiling and moldings, and maple flooring. In 1955, the annex was attached to the courthouse. In 1969 to 1970 a further addition was built around the courthouse and the annex. The architect was Donald Edge and Jefferson N Powell. In 2004 to 2006 the additions were remove and the original building remained and was restored. The architect was REG Architects of West Palm Beach and the contractor was Hedrick Brothers Construction of West Palm Beach. The building houses a museum.


History:  The county was created in 1909 and West Palm Beach was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was an old school building at the corner of Clements Avenue and Poinsetta Street. The second courthouse was constructed in 1913 to 1916 at a cost of $122,500 and which was restored in 2004 to 2006 at a cost of $18,500,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1992 to 1995.


County Government Center – West Palm Beach 


Location:  301 North Olive Avenue / 3rd Street

Built:  1981 – 1984

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Peacock+ Lewis Architects

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a twelve story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of West Palm Beach on the east side of the courthouse. The windows ate horizontal and the roof overhangs, The building is named as the Robert Weisman Palm Beach County Government Center. 


See:  Located in the county is the Court of Appeal – Fourth Judicial District.


Other Branch Courthouses


North County Courthouse – Palm Beach Gardens

South County Courthouse – Delray Beach

West County Courthouse – Belle Glade




County Courthouse – West Palm Beach

























Old County Courthouse – West Palm Beach




Behind the Old County Courthouse is the County Government Center






















Photos taken 2009 and 2018