Butler County is named for Andrew Pickens Butler, who was a United States Senator from South Carolina and a strong advocate of Kansas becoming a slave state.
Created: August 30, 1855
Chelsea 1859 – 1864
El Dorado 1864 – present
County Courthouse – El Dorado
Location: 205 West Central Street / South Gordy Street
Built: 1908 – 1909
Style: Romanesque Revival
Architect: George P Washburn & Sons of Ottawa
Contractor: Matheim & Walker of St. Joseph, Missouri
Description: The building faces north and is a four story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The north front has a large portico with four tall columns supporting a pediment at the roof line. Wide stone steps lead up to the entrance on the first story. On the second story is a balcony. On the east and west corners are octagonal red colored brick towers with octagonal red colored roofs. In the center of the building rises a high square red colored brick clock tower with steep roof. The base of the building is course stone. The building has a hipped roof. On the southeast side is the modern two story Judicial Building constructed in 1971.
Note: Plans were adopted in July, 1908. Bids were then asked for and Mathein & Walter, of St. Joseph, Missouri, were awarded the contract for the building for $60,000 on August 5, 1908. Work was commenced early in September and the building completed and accepted September 10, 1909.
Note: The architect, George P Washburn & Sons, designed courthouses in Anderson County, Atchison County, Chautaugua County, Doniphan County, Franklin County, Harper County, Kingman County, Miami County, Pratt County and Woodson County, and Beaver County in Oklahoma.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Butler County Courthouse
Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1867.
County Judicial Center – El Dorado
Location: 201 West Pine Street / South Gordy Street
Built: 2002 – 2003
Style: Modern Romanesque Revival
Architect: Treanor Architects
Contractor: J E Dunn Construction of Kansas City, Missouri
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red and buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds ion the center of the city to the south of the courthouse. The north front has a large square projecting section with three large concrete arches and buff colored brick on the first story and rising to peaked parapets at the roof line, and with steep four sided roof. The main building has horizontal windows along the second story with sets of double columns between. The roof line is flat.
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County Judicial Building
County Judicial Center
Photos taken 2010