Sumter County Courthouse

Also known as: Old Sumter County Courthouse
141 N. Main St., Sumter, South Carolina

County courthouse building in Sumter, SC


Sumter County Courthouse

Thomas Sumter stands outside the court house in the county of South Carolina that bears his name

Photo taken by Joseph Hinson

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The Sumter County Courthouse was one of nine courthouses designed William Augustus Edwards, a prominent South Carolina architect of the early twentieth century. In 1905 seeking to replace the original 1821 courthouse Sumter County contracted with Edwards to design the new building. The building that Edwards designed for Sumter County was an I-plan courthouse, set in the center of a deep open block that ran all the way from Main to Harvin Street. The I-plan was a popular design for courthouses all over country at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twentieth century. Edwards displayed a strong Beaux-Arts sensibility, however, by setting his courthouse with its long axis parallel to Main Street and putting the recessed entrance portico in the center of the long side. This creates the impression from Main Street that the building is really more of a rectangle with a notch carved out for the entrance. This impression has been much reinforced by the actual filling in of the rear notch in the early 1960s during a remodeling and enlargement of the building, so that it now actually has rectangular footprint. Listed in the National Register June 16, 2004. - SCDAH

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on June 16, 2004
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Architectural style
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Beaux Arts
Areas of significance
Architecture; Politics/Government
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
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Historic function
Current function
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • October 23, 2014: New Street View added by Michael Miller
  • November 14, 2013: Updated by Michael Miller: Added "Description" & "Overview"
  • June 10, 2013: Photo imported by Joseph Hinson

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