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Located across the street from the old county courthouse, the Former Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Residence was built in 1891. Resembling a castle, its design emulates the Castle of Lichtenstein in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany. Its architecture exhibits a number of unique features including a round tower, step gables, turrets, crenelated roof lines, turrets, and portcullises. A tunnel that leads from the building to the courthouse was used to lead prisoners to and from court appearances. The building, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now the home of a law firm. Apparently, visitors can see one jail cell that still exists. The sheriff and his family lived here until 1969 when a new jail was built.


  • The Old Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Residence and Jail was built in 1891.
Leich, Alexander L. "Former Vanderburgh County Sheriff's Residence." National Park Service - National Register of Historic Places Nomination Form. October 6, 1970.  https://secure.in.gov/apps/dnr/shaard/r/260db/N/Former_Vanderburgh_CO_Sheriff's_Residence_Nom.pdf.

"Old Jail and Sheriff's Residence." Historic Evansville. Accessed March 31, 2019.  http://www.historicevansville.com/site.php?id=oldjail

"Sheriff's Residence and Jail." The Historical Marker Database. Accessed March 31, 2019.  https://www.hmdb.org/marker.asp?marker=65225.