Tattnall County Courthouse, 1902, Reidsville

Tattnall County GA Courthouse Reidsville Second Empire Architecture J W Golucke Picture Image Photograph © Brian Brown Vanishing South Georgia USA 2013

Designed by J. W. Golucke, Georgia’s leading courthouse architect, this Second Empire-influenced structure originally featured a clock tower. It remains one of the more unique courthouses in the state.

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12 responses to “Tattnall County Courthouse, 1902, Reidsville

  1. John P. Rabun, Jr.

    Thank you, Brian. I’ll let you know. I appreciate your interest.

  2. I was going to high school in the 50ths when the county removed the top floor ! Everyone thought the county was crazy !

    • Jake…it is a shame that it’s gone…my hometown of Fitzgerald removed the clock tower from our courthouse as well.

    • Ben Dooley

      Jake, that is very interesting. Was the 3d floor in a mansard roof configuration? A mansard would have given this a much stronger 2d Empire appearance along the lines of the beautiful 1890s courthouse in Hancock County. As an interesting aside…I am not aware of any two current courthouses in GA of identical design. In 1936 a tornado destroyed the Hall County Courthouse in my hometown of Gainesville. Based on many old photos I have seen, it was identical to the present Hancock County CH. Are any readers aware of other “twins” among GA courthouses?

    • Ben Dooley

      Jake
      This is an interesting building. I have just done a search and found a picture of the building before “renovations”. You are right…they were crazy. It is a beautiful building now, but it was an amazing and fantastic architectural “tour de force” before!

  3. phil1960

    This is one of the most, if not the most interesting courthouses in Georgia.

  4. Ben Dooley

    This has a lot more than 2d Empire architectural influence. It is an architectural “melting pot”…a beautiful “mish mash”…I love it!

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