Wilkes County

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Wilkes

Wilkes County is named for John Wilkes, who was a British politician who supported the cause of the American colonies in the British House of Commons.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oglethorpe County and Elbert County

E – Lincoln County

S – McDuffie County and Warren County

W – Taliaferro County and Oglethorpe County

 

Created:  February 5, 1777                    Map of Georgia highlighting Wilkes County

County Seat: 

Washington  1784 – present

 

County Courthouse – Washington 

 

Location:  23 East Court Street / Spring Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC

Contractor:  Savannah Contracting Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building faces onto Courthouse Square and is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Washington..The south front has a large square clock tower with red colored roof. On the west is a round tower with red colored roof and at the base, an arched recessed entrance. On the east is a shorter square tower and above is a red colored diagonally crossed façade. The large courtroom is located on the second story. During construction, J E Burgess was the general manager. The upper part of the building was destroyed by a fire in 1958. The building was renovated in 1959. The architect was Willis Irvin Architects & Associates of Augusta and the contractor was J M Long of Washington. In 1989 an addition was constructed on the north side.

 

Note:  The building plans used were the same plans used for the construction of the Anderson County, South Carolina, Courthouse.

 

See:  The architect Frank Pierce Milburn of Washington, DC.

 

History:  The first court met in private residences. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1785. In 1786, the second courthouse was a clapboard structure. The third courthouse was a two story structure built in 1804. The fourth courthouse was brick structure built in 1817. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1903 to 1904 at a cost of $40,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Washington

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2020