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Clay County Courthouse

Location: 609 E. National Road/US 40, Brazil. (Clay County, Indiana)

Installed: 2001 Indiana Historical Bureau, Clay County Commissioners, and Clay County Historical Society, Inc.

ID# : 11.2001.1

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Side one:

County formed by Indiana General Assembly 1825; named for national statesman Henry Clay. First county seat at Bowling Green; had three courthouses: first built 1827 was two-story log structure; second and third built 1839-1840 and 1852-1853 were two-story brick. County seat moved to Brazil 1877 after fourth courthouse completed there in 1876.

Side two:

This fifth courthouse designed by John W. Gaddis of Vincennes in Classical Revival Style. Built 1912-1914 of limestone; stained-glass skylight in central rotunda. Interior features marble wainscoting, granite columns, inlaid tile floors. Skylight restored, four tower clocks installed 1986. Listed in National Register of Historic Places 1999.

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Government Institutions, Buildings and Architecture