Hampden County

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Hampden County is named for John Hampden, who was a famous 17th century English parliamentarian.

 

Created:  February 25, 1812 

County Seat: 

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  

 

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Location:  50 State Street / Columbia Avenue

Built:  1971 – 1973

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Eduardo Catalano

Contractor:  Unknown

 

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

 

Chicopee  /  Holyoke  /  Palmer  /  Westfield

 

Courthouses: 

N – Hampshire County

E – Worcester County

S – Tolland County, Connectiicut, Hartford County, Connecticut and Litchfield County, Connecticut

W – Berkshire County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2014