DeKalb County

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DeKalb County is named for Baron Johann DeKalb, who was a major general in the Continental Army and who was wounded in the battle of Camden, South Carolina during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding county Courthouses: 

N – Fulton County and Gwinnett County

E – Gwinnett County and Rockdale County

S – Rockdale County, Henry County and Clayton County

W – Fulton County


Created:  December 9, 1822                  Map of Georgia highlighting DeKalb County

County Seat: 

Decatur  1822 – present


Old County Courthouse – Decatur 


Location:  Courthouse Square / Ponce De Leon Avenue

Built:  1898 – 1900

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Goluke & Stewart

Contractor:  R P Williams & Company


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story brown colored granite and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Decatur. The south and north sides have large porticoes with four columns rising to pediments with clocks at the roof line. The second story windows are arched. On the east and west sides are two story wings.  The roof is sloped. During construction, R M Thompson was the inspector. After a fire on September 13, 1916, the building was re-built in 1917 to 1918. The architect was Walker & Chase and contractor was Donaldson & Pearson. The building now houses the Historical Society.


Note:  On September 13, 1916, firefighters were called to save the county courthouse. Although the interior of the building was destroyed, fireproof safes protected most of the county’s records.


County Courthouse – Decatur 




Location:  556 North McDonough Street / West Trinity Place

Built:  1966 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bothwell & Associates

Contractor:  Beers Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a nine story white colored marble, steel, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Decatur to the south of the old courthouse. The first story entrance has glass panels. There are vertical dividers between the windows. The roof line is flat. In 2001, an eleven story addition was constructed on the west side. The architect Heery International, Inc. and Turner Associates Architects and the contractor was Potts Construction Company.


History:  The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1823. The second courthouse was also a wood structure and burned in 1842. The third courthouse was a brick structure and burned in 1898. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1900 and is still standing. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1966 to 1968.




Old County Courthouse
















County Courthouse – Decatur










Photos taken 2013