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Third County Courthouse

In 1968, the city of Albany and Dougherty County began building a shared government building and courthouse.  The building was designed by architects Harry A. MacEwen and Edward Vason Jones and constructed by Davis Construction & Engineering, Inc.  Its architectural style is known as "New Formalism," characterized by modern construction, clean lines and classical details.  This style had emerged in the mid to late 1960s and was very popular for many public buildings constructed at that time.  Other famous buildings in this style include the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., the Lincoln Center in New York City, and the Civic Center on Piedmont Avenue in Atlanta, Georgia.  The courthouse's architects would have been influenced by the architectural trends of the day.  The courthouse was completed and occupied in November, 1969.

                                       "Its architectural style is known as 'New Formalism.'"

By 1990 the City and County governments had outgrown the courthouse building.  In 1993, a new five-story brick Albany-Dougherty County Government Center was built across the street to house the City and County governments' non-judicial agencies.  The courthouse building then became known as the Albany-Dougherty County Judicial Building and continues to serve in that capacity.

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