Riley County was named for Bennet Riley, who was a general in the Mexican-American War.
Created: August 25, 1855
Manhattan 1857 – present
County Courthouse – Manhattan
Location: 100 Courthouse Plaza / Poyntz Avenue
Built: 1905 – 1907
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: J C Holland and Company of Topeka and Frank C Squires
Contractor: Joseph Benjamin Betts Jr. of Topeka and Clarence Johnson of Manhattan
Description: The building faces south and is a four story stone structure. The rectangular building is made of locally quarried rock-faced limestone. The south front has a large stone arch on the first story with recessed entrance. Above the entrance rises a high square stone clock tower with parapets and steep roof. The building has a hipped roof.
Note: The cost of construction of the courthouse was $50,000. The contractor, J B Betts Jr. of Topeka, had the low bid of $41,874. He also constructed the courthouse in Leavenworth County and Marion County.
See: The architect, J C Holland and Company of Topeka, designed courthouses in Clay County, Geary County and Mitchell County; and in Nebraska in Jefferson County. Holland and Son designed courthouses in Ness County and Rice County. With Frank C Squires, he designed courthouses in Thomas County. With Charles W Squires, he designed courthouses in Marion County and Osborne County.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Riley County Courthouse
County Administration – Manhattan
Location: 110 Courthouse Plaza / Poyntz Avenue
Built: 1983 – 1984
Architect: Landmark Company and Villas, Cannon and Associates
Contractor: Abbott Construction Inc.
Description: The building faces west and is a three story rough stone, glass and concrete structure. The west front has a high portico with three high arches and a recessed glass entrance section. The building is located on the north side of the courthouse. The building was the old Music Village building and is now named as the Riley County Office Building.
Photos taken 2009