Looking Up In Chattanooga – Hamilton Co. Courthouse

4 Oct

Indelible Musings

Hamilton Country Tennessee plans 100-year courthouse anniversary next year.

Recently, on a walk downtown, I snapped some photos of the courthouse.  It was not the first courthouse on the site, another building burned there after serving only 31 years.

In 1879, a striking new courthouse was erected on the hill by Georgia Avenue, Walnut Street and Sixth and Seventh Streets. Featuring a 6,000-pound clock in an ornate four-sided tower, marble-top wash stands and large potbelly stoves, it was considered a masterpiece.

This courthouse burned on May 8, 1910 when lightning struck its clock tower at 9:40 p.m. Though engulfed in fire, the tower clock struck 10 p.m. on the dot as its final hail to Chattanooga before tumbling to the ground in a mass of charred metal.

On June 21, 1911, county officials selected Reuben Harrison Hunt as the architect for the new courthouse, to be built on the same…

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