Orange County Courthouse

 

Orange County Courthouse
     The first Orange County Courthouse, a two-story hewn-log affair, was burned in 1868.  Most of the books and records were destroyed.  The County Commission then paid $10 per month rent for the use of a house occupied by the Clerk as a temporary courthouse until a new courthouse was built in 1869 for $1,250.  Subsequently, there was an effort by General Sanford, who founded the town named for him, to have the county seat moved to that town.  Sanford was a much larger community and Orlando had, according to Sanford, "absolutely no apparent prospects of growth."  Yet Jacob Summerlin, the owner of the Summerlin Hotel in orlando, offered to lend $10,000 for the construction of a new courthouse provided it was built in Orlando, and so it was.  It was completed in 1876.

     Fantastic postcard from the Richard Reddick collectionThis courthouse was replaced in 1892 but soon this courthouse was also outgrown and, in 1924, it was decided that a new building was needed.  On October 12, 1927, the new $1 million classic Greek Court House wasNew courthouse (Image from the 9th Judicial Circuit website- http://www.ninja9.net) dedicated in elaborate ceremonies.  The top floor of the courthouse housed the new county jail, the old jail ultimately becoming another parking lot.  This courthouse was used until just a few years ago when the new massive high-rise Orange County Courthouse was completed


A view of the Orange County Courthouse in 1875

Orange County Courthouse (Keith Vincent Collection)

The back view of the Orange County Courthouse Postcard Dated June 20, 1946 (Keith Vincent Collection)

View of the Orange County Courthouse

Orange County Courthouse (Keith Vincent Collection) View of the Orange County Courthosue Photo of the Orange County Courthouse (Photo by Jared Anton) Wonderful old postcard view of the Orange County Courthouse.
View of the Orange County Courthouse

Lovely old card of the Orange County Courthouse (Jared Anton Collection)

The back view of the card to the left. (Jared Anton Collection)

Different view of the historic Orange County Courthouse

Click on thumbnails for a larger view.
(Similar views but they are all so pretty!)

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