Howard County

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Howard County is named for John Eager Howard, who was an office during the American Revolutionary War and a Governor of Maryland.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carroll County

E – Baltimore County

S – Anne Arundel County and Prince George’s County

W – Montgomery County and Frederick County


Created:  May 13, 1851                          Map of Maryland highlighting Howard County

County Seat: 

Ellicott City  1851 – present


Old County Courthouse – Ellicott City  


Location:  8360 Court Avenue / Park Avenue

Built:  1843 – 1844

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Samuel Harris

Contractor:  Charles Timanus


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story stone and wood structure. The building is located on the edge of a hill which descends to the south. There is a high granite stone retaining wall. The south front has a central entrance on the first story. There is a wide pediment art the roof line. On the center of the roof is an octagonal cupola with gold colored dome. The building is connected to the new courthouse along the north side. An addition was constructed in 1938. The architect was Riggins Buckler and G Corner Fenhagen and the contractor was Seymour Ruff & Sons.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1840 and is a two story stone structure located at Ellicott Mills Road and Main Street. The building served as the courthouse until 1843.


County Courthouse – Ellicott City  




Location:  8360 Court Avenue / Park Avenue

Built:  1984 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kamstra, Dickerson & Associates

Contractor:  Lake Falls Construction, Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story stone and concrete structure. The north front has no windows and a wide pediment at the roof line. The entrance on the northwest corner descends through a narrow corridor of pillars. There is a small balcony above the doorway. On the west side is an open section with pediment on the roof which rises above the roof line. The building is connected to the old courthouse along the south side.


See:  The 5th Judicial Circuit includes Anne Arundel County and Carroll County.


County District Court – Ellicott City  




Location:  3451 Courthouse Drive / Martha Bush Drive

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a one story red-brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building sits at the top of a low hill and the front has a one story section on west side which extends from the main building. With a pillar at the northeast corner. The central entrance is recessed with a high pillar of the east side. The roof line is flat.


County Administration Building – Ellicott City  




Location:  3430 Courthouse Drive / Hickory Drive

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building has a number angles and sections rising above the roof line. A plaza is located in front of the south entrance area. The large windows are horizontal. The building is named as the George Howard Building.




Old County Courthouse - Ellicott City  
















County Courthouse – Ellicott City



















County District Court – Ellicott City













County Administration Building – Ellicott City










Photos taken 2013