Decatur County

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Decatur

Decatur County is named for Stephen Decatur, who was served in the Barbary war and War of 1812 as a naval officer.

 

Created:  December 8, 1823

County Seat: 

George G Gaines House  1824 – 1824

Bainbridge                         1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bainbridge 

 

Location:  112 West Water Street / North West Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Alexander Blair III of Macon

Contractor:  Nicholas Ittner

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bainbridge. The east front has a large portico supported by four large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the second story are large arched windows and the center window has a balcony. On the southeast corner of the building is a four story square brick clock tower with open cupola at the top. The south side of the building has two large arches on the first story and a large square tower on the southwest corner with balustrade around the top. The courtroom is located on the second story and has the original louvered blinds, the old pressed metal ceiling, beaded board wainscoting and old wooden bench.  The building was renovated in 1978 and 1979.. To the west is the two story red colored brick Courthouse Annex.

 

History:  The first courthouse was a wood structure built in Donalsonville in in 1824. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1832. In 1856 a large brick courthouse was built as the third courthouse. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1903 at a cost of $34,500.

 

Courthouses: 

Miller County, Baker County and Mitchell County

E – Grady County

S – Gadsden County, Florida

W – Jackson County, Florida and Seminole County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Bainbridge

 

 

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County Courthouse Annex – Bainbridge

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2018