Hampshire County

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Hampshire County is named for the County of Hampshire in England.

 

Created:  May 7, 1662

County Seat: 

Northampton  1662 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Northampton  

 

Location:  15 Gothic Street / Main Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Henry F Kilbourn of New York, New York

Contractor:  Bartlett Brothers

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story gray colored course stone  structure. The southeast front has a one story portico with arches on the second story with descending stairs. A horizontal band runs between the first and second stories. On the third story is a largw arched window and rises to a tower with steep red colored roof. The second and third story windows are arched. The hipped roof has dormers. The courthouse is connected on the northwest side to the red colored brick Hall of Records built in 1931. The connecting structure was built in 1976. The architect was Drummey Rosane Anderson and the contractor was Aquadro & Cerruti Inc. In the connecting structure is a large mural from the former Post Office.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1739 and the second in 1767, Isaac Damon designed the third building, built in 1812, which burned in 1886.

 

County Courthouse – Northampton  

 

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Location:  15 Gothic Street / Main Street

Built:  1974 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. of Waltham

Contractor:  Aquadro & Cerroti Inc. of Northampton

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story gray colored concrete and glass structure. The south side has a central recessed entrance on the first story. The walls along the south side are glass. On the northwest corner is a high tower rising five stories. On the southeast side is a three story red colored brick section. The roof line is flat.

 

See:  The architect, Drummey, Rosane, Anderson Inc.  also designed courthouses in Hampden County (Palmer), Middlesex County (Newton), Plymouth County (Wareham ) and Worcester County (Leominste ).

 

County Hall of Records – Probate Courthouse – Northampton  

 

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Location:  33 King Street / Merrick Lane

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds across from the courthouse and “L” shaped with a north wing and east wing. The roof line is flat. The building houses the Probate Court. 

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Belchertown   /   Hadley

 

Courthouses: 

N – Franklin County

E – Worcester County

S – Hampden County

W – Berkshire County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2017