Orange County commissioners in 1994 agreed to build a new courthouse that would bring court functions together in a central location.
In October 1857, Alabama businessman B.F. Caldwell donated four acres for a courthouse at the site that is now Heritage Square.
By 1863, six years after B. F. Caldwell’s gift of four acres, the county raised enough money to build a two-story log cabin: Orange County’s first official courthouse.
Capt. Bluford Sims built a small frame courthouse for the county at a cost of $1,250 to replace the one that had burned down.
Orange County’s first substantial courthouse was the focus of a major turning point in Central Florida history.
In the 1880s, Central Florida boomed with growth fueled by the coming of the railroads, and Orange County leaders envisioned a grand courthouse.
Built at the then-immense sum of nearly $1 million, the former courthouse building now houses the Orange County Regional History Center.
When the red-brick Victorian courthouse building was torn down in 1958, it was replaced by a structure that also reflected the culture of its times.