Hampden County is named for John Hampden, who was a famous 17th century English parliamentarian.
Created: February 25, 1812
Springfield 1812 – present
Old County Courthouse – Springfield
Location: 80 State Street / Main Street
Built: 1871 – 1874
Style: Richardsonian Romanesque
Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson
Contractor: Norcross Brothers
Description: The building faces northwest and is a three story gray colored stone structure. The building is an”I” shape and is constructed of Monson granite in rough-faced random ashlar masonry, with smooth-faced trim. The northwest front has three large arches on the first story with recessed entrance. A high six story tower rises above the entrance with smaller arched section at the top. On the corners are projecting balconies on the second story. Along the roof line are castle like walls. The building was remodeled from 1908 to 1912. The architect was Sheply, Rutan & Coolidge.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1822. The cost of construction of the second courthouse in 1871 was $214,068.
County Hall of Justice – Springfield
Location: 50 State Street / Columbia Avenue
Built: 1971 – 1973
Architect: Eduardo Catalano
Description: The building faces south and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The northeast side has a raised plaza with recessed first story and central entrance. The second story is also recessed. The third and fourth stories has small horizontal windows and the lower stories have large horizontal windows. The roof line is flat with two rectangular towers rising on the northeast side.
Note: The cost of construction was $17,000,000.
Other Branch Courthouses
N – Hampshire County
E – Worcester County
W – Berkshire County
Photos taken 2014