Monday, February 9, 2009

Jefferson County Courthouse in Fairfield

Jefferson County, named for President Thomas Jefferson, constructed a two-story wood structure with gabled roof for its first courthouse in 1939.

The second courthouse was a stone and brick structure completed in 1851. It was abandoned in 1880, with court business held in a church for several years.

Jefferson County’s third courthouse, designed by H. C. Koch with Romanesque architecture, was built beginning in 1890. It was constructed with red brick and Cleveland grey sandstone, and features a bas-relief of Justice in the midst of Harmony and Strife. The clocktower and ornamentation were modified due to damage, but recent efforts have repaired the roof and replaced the steeple to the clocktower.

The Jefferson County courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Visit the Jefferson County web site for more information.

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