Brazil in Clay County, Indiana — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Clay County (Indiana) Courthouse
County formed by Indiana General Assembly 1825; named for national statesman Henry Clay. First county seat at Bowling Green; had three courthouses: first built 1827 was two-story log structure; second and third built 1839-1840 and 1852-1853 were two-story brick. County seat moved to Brazil 1877 after fourth courthouse completed there in 1876.
This fifth courthouse designed by John W. Gaddis of Vincennes in Classical Revival Style. Built 1912-1914 of limestone; stained-glass skylight in central rotunda. Interior features marble wainscoting, granite columns, inlaid tile floors. Skylight restored, four tower clocks installed 1986. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1999.
Erected 2001 by Indiana Historical Bureau, Clay County Commissioners, & Clay County Historical Society, Inc. (Marker Number 11.2001.1.)
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Government & Politics. In addition, it is included in the Indiana Historical Bureau Markers series list. A significant historical year for this entry is 1825.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 609 East National Avenue, Brazil IN 47834, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial Building (a few steps from this marker); Civil War Cannons Rededicated - Restoration (within shouting distance of this marker); Vietnam War Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); 10 O'Clock Treaty Line (approx. 6.4 miles away); 10 O'Clock Line (approx. 9.2 miles away); Houck Bridge (approx. 10.4 miles away); Mansfield circa 1820 (approx. 10˝ miles away); Roseville (approx. 12.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Brazil.
Also see . . . Virtual Tour ( Courtesy - - Indiana Government web page). (Submitted on February 13, 2013, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana.)
Additional keywords. Designed by John W. Gaddis
Credits. This page was last revised on August 30, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. This page has been viewed 1,613 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11. submitted on May 12, 2009, by Al Wolf of Veedersburg, Indiana. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.