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DeSoto County Seat Courthouse

Graciano Corporation has been awarded their first major historical project in Arcadia Florida – the Desoto County Courthouse!

We are so pleased to have been selected for this important project. This will now lead to an office based in Florida.

The restoration project will start June 2024 and expected completion date is December 2024.


The original DeSoto County seat, named after the Spanish explorer, Hernando de Soto, served Manatee County since 1866, and was located at Pine Level.

Although apparently built of brick, the Pine Level courthouse or at least it’s jail, was derided as “flimsy”, allowing the escape

off prisoners to such an extent that vigilantism was rampant in the large and undeveloped county.

Eventually, a new county seat was created at “Tater Hill Bluff,” renamed Arcadia in 1888.

The first courthouse in Arcadia was constructed by Peyton Read at a cost of $6,000, half of which had been donated to the county by four local citizens.

It is probable that this structure was destroyed in a 1905 fire.

The current DeSoto County Courthouse, located in downtown Arcadia on a city square, was built in 1913 in a Classical Greek style. Designed by architects Bonfoey & Elliot of

it was built by Read-Parker Construction Company to serve DeSota County’s third courthouse and the second one built in Arcadia.

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