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Turner County Courthouse
Turner County Georgia Courthouse.jpg
1971 courthouse photograph by Calvin Beale.
Location 219 East College Avenue
Ashburn, Georgia 31714
Area Georgia County Courthouses TR
Built 1907-08
Architect Alexander Blair III and Peter E. Dennis
Architectural style Classical Revival adaption; Neo-Georgian and Colonial Revival influences
NRHP reference No. 80001247
Added to NRHP September 18, 1980

Turner County Courthouse is a historic county courthouse in Ashburn, Georgia, the county seat of Turner County, Georgia. The Classical Revival building was designed by two Macon architects, Alexander Blair III (who also designed seven other Georgia courthouses) and Peter E. Dennis. The courthouse is located at 219 East College Avenue, close to several historic homes.

The courthouse was constructed in 1907-1908, shortly after the county was formed by an act of the Georgia Legislature on August 18, 1905, from parts of Dooly, Irwin, Wilcox, and Worth counties. Ashburn was designated the county seat when the county was formed. The courthouse has served as the county government's offices since that time. The Turner County Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on September 18, 1980. The courthouse underwent restorations in 1984 and 2001.

Architecture

The construction is of brick and stone, and the New Georgia Guide published by the University of Georgia Press describes the building as "impressive." While the other courthouses designed by Alexander Blair III reflect traditional Neoclassicism, the design of the Turner County Courthouse (like the Decatur County Courthouse) is characterized by Neoclassical variations. It features a more flamboyant style that reflect the influence of Neo-Georgian/Colonial Revival architecture, giving a historical atmosphere to the building, as well as a somewhat Italianate appearance. The courthouse is asymmetrical because it includes a three-story clock tower, located on the west side of the building. The clock was made by the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company. The courthouse still has the original tin tiles, popular when the building was constructed, as well as an upper balcony where, before desegregation, blacks were required to sit. A state historical marker, erected by the Georgia Historical Commission in 1954, is located on the courthouse lawn.

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