Johnson County

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Johnson County is named for Thomas Johnson, who established a mission to the Shawnee Indians in 1829 and who was a clergyman.

 

Created:  August 25, 1855

County Seat:

Olathe  1855 – present

 

County Courthouse – Olathe 

 

Location:  100 North Kansas Avenue / West Santa Fe Street

Built:  1951 – 1952

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Glover & Newcombe

Contractor:  Chamber & Tarbell

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red-orange colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Olathe. The south front has stone work around the entrances. The east and west wings extend from the main building and rise two stories. Behind the south entrance section, the building rises to three stories. A second addition was added in 1954 and again in 1968. An eight story tower was added on the north side of the building in 1972 and the addition was completed in 1976.

 

New County Courthouse – Olathe 

 

Location:  NE – North Kansas Avenue / West Santa Fe Street

Built:  2018 – 2021

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fentress Architects of Denver, Colorado and TreanorHL Architects

Contractor:  JE Dunn Construction

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a seven glass and concrete structure. The building is under construction and will be completed in 2021. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Olathe.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $193,000,000.

 

Note:  The first and previous courthouse was designed by George  P Washburn and constructed by J S Beverfordon in 1891 to 1892 at a cost of $36,414. The building was demolished but the cornerstone stands in front of the second and present courthouse.

 
County Administration – Olathe 

 

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Location:  111 South Cherry Street / West Park Street

Built:  1991 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Peckham, Guyton, Albers and Viets Incorporated

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the south of the courthouse, in the center of Olathe. The north front has a recessed entrance section with a large wing extending north on the east side and a smaller wing on the west side. To the east of the entrance section rises a high square brick clock tower.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Leavenworth County and Wyandotte County

E – Jackson County, Missouri and Cass County, Missouri

S – Miami County

W – Douglas County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse – Olathe

 

 

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County Administration – Olathe

 

 

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Cornerstone 1891 County Courthouse – Olathe

 

 

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Photos taken 2009