This Neoclassical Revival edifice was erected in 1903-04 from plans by J.W. Golucke. One of his finest
designs, it evokes the grandeur of ancient Rome with its 16 fluted Corinthian columns of solid limestone
and graceful copper dome topped by a statue of Justice holding her scales aloft.
On January 27, 1976, fire gutted this building, destroying everything inside the walls. County
officials were faced with a decision: either build a new courthouse or try to reconstruct the old one.
They decided to do both. By repairing and replicating the historic exterior architectural features and
constructing an essentially new building within the old walls, they created a workable blend of old and
new. Ceiling heights were reduced from the original dimensions and a basement was dug using miniature
bulldozers. This created enough vertical space for three floors and a basement within the walls of a
building that originally had only two floors. Although the rotunda was eliminated, the domed clocktower
was reconstructed. A half-ton brass bell was cast in France and installed in the tower. The massive
Corinthian columns were replaced, as were limestone cornices and trim. The project was begun in September
1977 and completed in April 1980.
Meriwether County Development Authority
P.O. Box 9
Warm Springs, Georgia
(706) 655-2558 E Mail
On U.S. 27 Alternate in the center of Greenville.