Suwannee County

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Suwannee

Suwannee County is named for the Suwannee River which forms the northern. Western and some of the southern boundary of the county, and the name was a corruption of the Spanish “San Juan ( St.   John )” or from the Cherokee word “sawani” meaning “echo river”.

 

Created:  December 21, 1858

County Seat:

Houston   1858 – 1868

Live Oak  1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Live Oak

 

Location:  200 Ohio Avenue South / Warren Street

Built:  1904 – 1905

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Benjamin B Smith of Montgomery, Alabama

Contractor:  Hugger Brothers of Montgomery, Alabama.

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story yellow colored brick, cast stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and the east front has a projecting porch with three large arches and balcony on the second story. A wide belt between the two stories wraps around the building. A large square brick clock tower rises above the east entrance with clock at the top and surmounted by a green colored copper dome. The north and south wings project and have peaked roofs. The main roof is hipped. A one story brick and concrete addition was added to the rear of the building in 1965.

 

Note:  Court first met in the Baptist Church. In 1873, a wood structure was built at a cost of $8,000. The building was later moved across the street from the present courthouse and then later demolished after several other moves.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Suwannee County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse Annex – Live Oak

 

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Location:  SE – Pine Street / Warren Street

Built:  1948 – 1949

Style:  Modern

Architect:  H T Howell

Contractor:  J A Fortner and J D Carmichael

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The west front has a central entrance with recessed doorway on the first story and window on the second story. A wide white colored section runs below the flat roof line. The courthouse is located on the east side.

 

Courthouses: 

Hamilton County

E – Columbia County

S – Gilchrist County

W – Lafayette County and Madison County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009