Aroostook County

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Aroostook County is named for the Native American word meaning “beautiful river”.

 

Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada and New Brunswick, Canada

E – New Brunswick, Canada

S – Washington CountyPenobscot County, Piscataquis County and Somerset County

W – Quebec, Canada

 

Created:  March 16, 1839                                                           Map of Maine highlighting Aroostook County

County Seat: 

Houlton  1839 – present

 

County Courthouse – Houlton

 

Location:  26 Court Street / Military Street

Built:  1859 – 1860

Style:  Italianate and Colonial Revival

Architect:  Gridley James Fox Byrant of Boston, Massachusetts

Contractor:  Harrison D Clement of Lawrence, Massachusetts

 

Description:  The building faces west and is two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Houlton. The west front has a one story white colored portico art the central entrance. The center section projects slightly and rises to a peaked roof. The windows are arched. There is a mansard roof with a high square clock tower at the center with open white colored cupola at the top. In 1895, an addition was added to the building. The architect was Wilfred E Mansur. A further addition was added in 1928.

 

See:  The architect, Gridley James Fox Byrant of Boston, Massachusetts also designed the courthouse in Androscoggin County.

 

History:  The county seat was designated as Houlton in 1839. The first courthouse was the wood frame Black Hawk Tavern built in 1813 by Samuel Wormwood. The court used the second story.  In 1849, the second courthouse was the Houlton Academy with the second story built for the court. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1859 to 1860 at a cost of $14,400. An addition in 1895 cost $20,000.

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Caribou   /   Fort Kent   /   Madawaska   /   Presque Isle

 

 

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County Courthouse – Houlton

 

 

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Photos taken 2014