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Elbert County Courthouse

 
 
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, August 23, 2009
1. Elbert County Courthouse Marker
Inscription.
The Elbert County Courthouse was built in 1894 and opened in a formal ceremony at the beginning of January 1895, as the third county courthouse building and fourth County site in Elbert County. After the private home of Thomas A. Carter, on Beaverdam Creek, northwest of Elberton, was used briefly as the first court venue, the first permanent courthouse was constructed, circa 1791-1792, behind the location of the present courthouse, according to John H. McIntosh and other sources. In 1816, the General Assembly of Georgia authorized the second courthouse, which was constructed in the middle of the public square. Reuben H. Hunt, and Elbert County native, of Hunt & Lamm in Chattanooga, Tennessee, designed this third Elbert County Courthouse in the Richardsonian Romanesque style. The contractor was L.L. Stephenson, of Covington, Georgia. E. Brewer Tate, Chairman of the Elbert County Commissioners, led the effort to fund this new edifice, which was built on the old Globe Hotel lot measuring 217 feet by 250 feet, on the western side of the square. Construction began May 3, 1894, with the laying of the cornerstone on the northeast corner by members of the Grand Masonic Lodge of Georgia. After the grand opening, the Elberton Star claimed that Elbert County could "boast of the best and most complete 'temple of justice' in the state of Georgia,
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By Brian Scott, April 10, 2012
2. Elbert County Courthouse Marker
and one that will stand as a monument to the progress of this generation when it shall have passed off the stage of action." An arcades loggia on the second floor, a central clock tower, and a pair of corner turrets at the rear of the building are characteristic features of the Richardsonian Romanesque style employed here. Exterior materials consisted of pressed red brick walls, local granite trim and details, galvanized iron cornices, a slate roof, and a copper dome. To minimize future maintenance requirements, Hunt limited exterior wooden components to doors and windows. Inside, he designed the first floor as the main office story, with various usage rooms in the basement. An elegant double staircase leads from the entrance vestibule to the second story that features the courtroom and rooms for other functions, while the third story has additional miscellaneous room. In the tower, Hunt placed a large bell and a Seth Thomas town clock. Some special materials used on the interior include Georgia marble for the floors of the vestibule and the first and second story hallways, as well as oiled and polished oak for windows, door facings, mantles, and wainscoting, Modifications to this building include the addition of an elevator at the northern rear of the building and construction of a granite ramp on the southern side of the front entrance, to provide universal access. A mid 20th
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, August 23, 2009
3. Elbert County Courthouse Marker
century fire led to the painting of the brick gray; but, in 2000, the building was repainted red. In 2005-2008, Dennis Young, Elbert County Construction & Maintenance Supervisor, and his team enacted the restoration and renovation plan of architect Bill Howell of Howell & Associates of Columbia, South Carolina, and made special improvements and enhancements throughout to return the courthouse to the monument of splendor designed by Reuben H. Hunt.
 
Location. 34° 6.588′ N, 82° 52.108′ W. Marker is in Elberton, Georgia, in Elbert County. Marker is on South Oliver Street (State Highway 77) near Church Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 12 South Oliver Street, Elberton GA 30635, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 10 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Post Road (here, next to this marker); In Memory (a few steps from this marker); In the Year 1803 (a few steps from this marker); Grave of General Wiley Thompson (a few steps from this marker); Elbert County (a few steps from this marker); Elberton Granite Bicentennial Memorial Fountain (within shouting distance of this marker);
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, August 23, 2009
4. Elbert County Courthouse Marker
Confederate Dead (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Samuel Elbert (approx. 0.2 miles away); Old Seaboard Airline Depot (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Christmas Tree House (approx. 0.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Elberton.
 
Also see . . .
1. Elbert County, Georgia. Elbert County encompasses 1,854 sq miles and has a population of approximately 22,000. (Submitted on May 8, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 

2. Elbert County, Georgia. Elbert County is a county located in the U.S. state of Georgia. It was established on December 10, 1790 and was named for Samuel Elbert. (Submitted on May 8, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.) 
 
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Elbert County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 10, 2012
5. Elbert County Courthouse
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By Brian Scott, April 10, 2012
6. Elbert County Courthouse
Elbert County Courthouse<br>East (Front) Entrance image. Click for full size.
By Brian Scott, April 10, 2012
7. Elbert County Courthouse
East (Front) Entrance
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By Brian Scott, 1973
8. Elbert County Courthouse
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By Stanley and Terrie Howard, August 23, 2009
9. Elbert County Courthouse Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 678 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   2. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   3, 4. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina.   5, 6, 7, 8. submitted on May 8, 2012, by Brian Scott of Anderson, South Carolina.   9. submitted on August 24, 2009, by Stanley and Terrie Howard of Greer, South Carolina. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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