Washington County

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Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

 

Created:  December 9, 1825

County Seat:

Vernon  1825 – 1927

Chipley  1927 – present

 

Former County Courthouse – Chipley

 

Location:  4445 Lafayette Street / Madison Street

Built:  1932 – 1933

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank Lockwood

Contractor:  Sutton Brothers

 

Description: The building faced north and was a three story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building was located on landscaped grounds. The north front had a large porch with six large columns rising to a header at the top of the third story. The entrance was trimmed with stone. A wide cornice run below the flat roof line. The old cornerstone from the 1896 courthouse in Vernon was located in the building. The building was demolished in 2014 and the new courthouse constructed on the same site.

 

County Courthouse – Chipley

 

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Location:  4445 Lafayette Street / Madison Street

Built:  2014 – 2016

Style:  Modern

Architect:  JRA Architects, Inc. of Tallahassee

Contractor:  GAC Contractors of Panama City

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and the north front has six high columns rising to the roof line. The central entrance is recessed with glass walls rising to the third story. The exterior is a yellow color and a white colored belt runs around the building below the third story. At the flat roof line is a raised pediment on the north side. 

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1896 in Vernon. The building was three stories high and featured a tower and numerous fireplaces. The second courthouse was constructed in 1932 to 1933 when the county seat was moved to Chipley.

 

Courthouses: 

– Holmes County and Jackson County

E – Jackson County and Bay County

S – Bay County

W – Walton County

 

 

 

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Former County Courthouse ( demolished )

 

 

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Cornerstone 1896 Courthouse

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2018