Punta Gorda in Charlotte County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
Charlotte County Courthouse
Charlotte County was created in 1921, after citizens had pushed for 34 years to divide DeSoto County, and Punta Gorda was the new county seat. After meeting in rented quarters, the Board of County Commissioners voted in 1927 to plan a new building and purchased two downtown lots from George Brown (1868-1951), an African-American businessman for $25,000.
The Charlotte County Courthouse, a Neo-Classical structure with Greek and Roman influences, was designed by architects Leitner and Henson of St. Petersburg, Florida. Large pediments and columns create a grandiose facade with a parapet roof. Original plans were changed to provide a second floor jail and living quarters for the jailer and his family. Costs totaled $200,000. The building was dedicated on March 20, 1928.
Expanded in the 1960s and 1980s to accommodate the changing needs of Charlotte County residents, the Courthouse served as the center of civic and community life for 71 years until the Justice Center opened in 1999. The modern additions were removed and later the Courthouse was closed, until the Board of County Commissioners voted in 2005 to revitalize the structure,
Erected 2006 by Charlotte County Board of County Commissioners.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 26° 56.068′ N, 82° 3.008′ W. Marker is in Punta Gorda, Florida, in Charlotte County. Marker is at the intersection of Taylor Street and Olympia Avenue, on the right when traveling north on Taylor Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 226 Taylor Street, Punta Gorda FL 33950, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Hector House Plaza: The Founding of Punta Gorda (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of Hotel Punta Gorda (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Punta Gorda Bank (approx. 0.2 miles away); City of Punta Gorda (approx. 0.2 miles away); Albert Waller Gilchrist (approx. 0.2 miles away); First Punta Gorda Home Site (approx. ¼ mile away); Punta Gorda Railroad Depot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Charlotte High School (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Punta Gorda.
Also see . . . Charlotte County Courthouse. Charlotte County Website entry (Submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.)
Credits. This page was last revised on February 21, 2021. It was originally submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida. This page has been viewed 42 times since then. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on February 21, 2021, by Tim Fillmon of Webster, Florida.