Jefferson County Courthouse Site

Jefferson County Courthouse Site (HMI04)

Location: Birmingham, AL 35203 Jefferson County
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N 33° 31.038', W 86° 48.342'

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The county seat of Jefferson County was moved from Elyton to Birmingham in 1873. On this site stood the first Courthouse in the City of Birmingham. The Italianate style structure was designed by architect W. K. Ball. Completed in 1875, the two-story red brick building cost $30,500. In 1887 it was condemned as unsafe, and a new Courthouse was planned.

In 1889 a second Jefferson County Courthouse was constructed on this site. Charles Wheelock and Sons of Birmingham and H. Wolters of Louisville were the architects. Charles Pearce of Indianapolis was contractor. Constructed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the four-story brick building had a central clock tower rising 180 feet. Total cost was $300,000. This Courthouse served Jefferson County until 1931 when a new Courthouse was built several blocks to the north. The structure was razed in 1937.
HM NumberHMI04
Year Placed1991
Placed ByAlabama Historical Association
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Date Added Saturday, September 20th, 2014 at 4:45pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)16S E 518044 N 3708654
Decimal Degrees33.51730000, -86.80570000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 33° 31.038', W 86° 48.342'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds33° 31' 2.28" N, 86° 48' 20.52" W
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Area Code(s)205
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 301-349 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N, Birmingham AL 35203, US
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