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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Franklin County Courthouse - Winchester, TN

Franklin County Courthouse - Winchester, TN

Franklin County has had three courthouses, all of which have stood at this spot in the center of Winchester's town square. A new courthouse was needed as the previous one became to cramped for the growing county.

This courthouse was built in 1937 in a symmetrical Art Deco style. In constructing the courthouse, the ground was raised higher than street level, creating a basement floor that still had ample windows. Perhaps the most distinct feature is the clock tower which is made of sheet metal instead of concrete for the purpose of simplicity and to make it lighter. The exterior has remained virtually unchanged except for an external elevator addition covered completely by mirror/windows which was added on the other side in 1992. Today, the courthouse is on the National register of Historic Places.

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