Henderson County Courthouse (North Carolina)

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Henderson County Courthouse
Henderson County, NC 1905 Courthouse.jpg
Historic Henderson County Courthouse in 2012
Henderson County Courthouse (North Carolina) is located in North Carolina
Henderson County Courthouse (North Carolina)
Henderson County Courthouse (North Carolina) is located in the US
Henderson County Courthouse (North Carolina)
LocationOne Historic Courthouse Square, 1st and Main Sts., Hendersonville, North Carolina
Coordinates35°18′52″N 82°27′37″W / 35.31444°N 82.46028°W / 35.31444; -82.46028Coordinates: 35°18′52″N 82°27′37″W / 35.31444°N 82.46028°W / 35.31444; -82.46028
Area1.3 acres (0.53 ha)
Built byW.F. Edwards
ArchitectRichard Sharp Smith (1852-1924)
Architectural styleClassical Revival
MPSNorth Carolina County Courthouses TR
NRHP reference #79001723[1]
Added to NRHPMay 10, 1979

The Henderson County Courthouse, also known as the Historic Henderson County Courthouse and the Old Henderson County Courthouse, is an historic 3-story brick gold-domed Classical Revival style courthouse building located at One Historic Courthouse Square, corner of 1st and Main streets in Hendersonville, North Carolina.

It is Henderson County's second courthouse and is adjacent to site of the 1840s courthouse which was razed upon its completion. Famed architect Frank Pierce Milburn was asked in 1903 to design the new courthouse, but the county commissioners rejected his design and instead hired Englishman Richard Sharp Smith, who was the resident architect of the Biltmore Estate after the death of Richard Morris Hunt in 1895. Construction by local builder W. F. Edwards began in 1904 and was completed in July, 1905.[2]

The old courthouse was closed for renovations after the completion of a new courthouse at 200 North Grove Street in 1995. The restored 1905 courthouse currently houses the Henderson County Heritage Museum and some government offices.[3][4][5][6][7]

On May 10, 1979, the Historic Henderson County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1] It is located in the Main Street Historic District.

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  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ Mary Ann Lee and Joe Mobley (n.d.). "North Carolina County Courthouses TR: Henderson County Courthouse" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office. Retrieved 2015-01-01.
  3. ^ Hendersonville Historic Preservation Commission listing for the 1905 Henderson County Courthouse
  4. ^ Henderson County Heritage Museum history
  5. ^ NC State University listing for Richard Sharp Smith
  6. ^ Courthouse Centennial 2005
  7. ^ Henderson County NC Historic Courthouse