The Story: Built in 1897, the Old Dodge County Jail is an elaborately detailed building that served the county for 70 years. The building was designed similarly to the Old Jail in St. Augustine, as it was designed by the same architectural firm of Golucke and Stewart.
Originally, the building had a central three-story tower, which was removed when the roof was replaced. Most of the interior details are intact, including a “hanging room” with a trap door, metal loop for rope, and lever.
The jail closed in 1973, when its replacement was built beside it.
The Threat: The building is suffering from lack of maintenance and funding as the window and roofing systems continue to deteriorate.