Polk County

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Polk

Polk County is named for James K Polk, who was the eight President of the United States of America.

 

Created:  February 8, 1861

County Seat:

Mud Lake  1861 – 1867

Bartow       1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bartow

 

Location:  255 North Broadway Avenue / West Church Street

Built:  1986 – 1987

Style:  Modern

Architect:  W Wade Setlife & Associates

Contractor:  Bartow-Malow Company

 

Description: The building faces north and is a ten story concrete and glass structure. There is a central tower with square lines. On the east and west are low three story Japanese style wings with arcades and green colored tile roofs.

 

Old County Courthouse – Bartow

 

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Location:  100 East Main Street / North Broadway Avenue

Built:  1908 – 1909

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia

Contractor:  Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky

 

Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and  has a high portico on the south front with four large columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On either side of the portico are square brick towers with silver colored domes. In the center of the building is a large round dome with clock and silver roof and at the top is a small silver cupola. The east and west wings were added in 1926. The old historic courtroom is located on the east side of the second story and a large courtroom is located in the west wing on the second story.

 

See:  The architect, Edward Columbus Hosford of Atlanta, Georgia..

 

See: The contractor, Mutual Construction Company of Louisville, Kentucky, constructed courthouses in Baker CountyJefferson County, Lafayette County and Pasco County; and in Georgia in Harris County

 

County Administration – Bartow

 

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Location:  330 West Church Street / North Miller Avenue

Built:  1989 – 1990

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Straughn-Furr Associates

Contractor:  Scandia, Inc.

 

Description: The building faces south and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The south front has a large portico supported by four columns and rising to a high peak above the roof line. On the first story is a  one story portico at the entrance. The building rises in tiers.  The roof line is flat.

 

See:  Located in the county is the Court of Appeal – Second Judicial District -  Lakeland.

 

Courthouses: 

Sumter County, Lake County and Orange County

E – Osceola County

S – Highlands County and Hardee County

W – Hillsborough County and Pasco County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old Courthouse

 

 

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County Administration

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2018