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:  June 25, 1789

County Seat: 

Machias  1789 – present


County Courthouse – Machias  


Location:  85 Court Street / Cooper Street

Built:  1853 – 1854

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Benjamin S Deane and Edwin S Brown of Bangor

Contractor:  Ebeneser Adams and Sons of Bangor.


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is rectangular with a horizontal granite belt between the stories. The building has gable ends. The building has a square white colored cupola above the front roof peak. The roof eave extends from the building. The foundations of the building are granite. An addition was added on north side. The interior was remodeled in 1886.  The architect was Francis H Fassett of Portland and the contractor was Andrew R Gilson of Machias. The building was renovated in 2014. The architect was North Peak Architecture of Presque Isle and the contractor was Ganneston Construction of Augusta. An addition was constructed on the east side to connect to an old jail designed by Gridley J F Bryant and constructed in 1858 which now houses the Sheriff’s Office.


Note:  The court first met in 1790 at the meetinghouse at the Western Falls, which build had been built in 1774. A courthouse was built in 1798 and was replaced by the present courthouse.


See:  The architect, Benjamin S Deane also designed the courthouse in Waldo County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Washington County Courthouse


District Courthouse – Calais




Location:  382 South Street / Garfield Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a one story red colored brick structure. The northwest front has a projecting center section with overhang supported by two pillars. On either side, the front is faced with red colored brick.


Note:  The old Calais Courthouse at 10 Church Street was built in 1902. The building was a two story red colored brick Federal style structure. The building faced west and was completed in 1903. The architect was H A Crosby. The building was demolished in 2012.



N – Aroostook County and New Brunswick, Canada

E – New Brunswick, Canada

S – Atlantic Ocean

W – Hancock County and Penobscot County





County Courthouse


































District Courthouse – Calais










Photos taken 2006, 2014 and 2018