300 West Main Street
City Directories and History: Dillon County Courthouse is the first and only courthouse to serve Dillon County, which was formed by an act of the state legislature 5 February 1910 from the upper portion of Marion County. The courthouse was built in 1911 (at a cost of $100,000.). William Augustus Edwards, A.I.A., was the architect; J.A. Jones was the contractor. The courthouse is a monumental brick and stone Neo-Classical building with a central colossal Ionic portico in antis and two flanking wings. The composition of the building reflects its cross-axis plan, with central, axial entrances on all four elevations, and the offices in the four quadrants defined by the two axial halls. The courtroom is on the second floor, along the longitudinal axis, and furthers the architectural symbolism of the exterior. The elevations are unified by the discipline of the Ionic portico, which imposes its order on all elements of each elevation. Heraldic devices and tabernacle frames embellish the façade. The portico is executed in stone. Four massive, unfluted Ionic columns with pilaster responds feature Scamozzi Ionic capitals with festoons suspended from the volutes. The columns support a major entablature, also executed in stone. The portico is on a stone basement story, which girds the entire building. The walls are brick, with every sixth brick course recessed to simulate rustication. Listed in the National Register October 30, 1981. (Courtesy of South Carolina Department of Archives and History)
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