Washington County

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Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

 

Created:  February 10, 1857

County Seat:

Washington  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Washington  

 

Location:  214 C Street / East 2nd Street

Built:  1932 – 1934

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  H G Overend & C F Boucher of Wichita

Contractor:  Blaser-Vollmer Construction Company of Wichita

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story limestone structure. The  rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is constructed of Bedford limestone. The west front has a slightly projecting center section with a long vertical window on either side of the central entrance. On the north and south sides, the center section is recessed. The stone walls are decorated with stylized geometric motifs done in stone and metal. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The cost of construction of the courthouse was $102,000. The courthouse was constructed on the site of the previous courthouse designed by Schrayer & Nichols and constructed in 1886 to 1887. The old courthouse was remodeled in 1901 and was damaged by a tornado in 1932. The third courthouse was a wood structure built in 1878,

 

See:  The architect, Overend & Boucher of Wichita, designed courthouses in Hamilton County and Kearny County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Washington County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Jefferson County, Nebraska and Gage County, Nebraska

E – Marshall County

S – Riley County and Clay County

W – Cloud County and Republic County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture third courthouse 1878

 

 

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Picture fourth courthouse 1886

 

 

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Picture fourth courthouse remodeled 1901

Photos taken 2009 and 2010