St. Francois County

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St. Francois

St. Francois County is named for St. Francis of Assisi, who was a Catholic deacon and founder of the Order of Friars Minor known as Franciscans.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jefferson County

E – Ste. Genevieve County and Perry County

S – Madison County and Iron County

W – Iron County and Washington County


Created:  December 19, 1821                Map of Missouri highlighting Saint Francois County

County Seat:

Farmington  1821 – present


County Courthouse – Farmington  


Location:  NE – Columbia Street / North Jefferson Street

Built:  1925 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Norman B Howard of Bonsack and Pearce of St. Louis

Contractor:  McCarthy Construction Company.


Description: The building faces south and is a three story Carthage marble, Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Farmington. The south front has a projecting portico supported by four columns rising to the top of the second story. Above the portico is a three arch section on the third story with clock at the top. Vertical columns adorn the main building and rise to a cornice below the third story windows. The roof line is flat. 


See:  The architect, Fred C Bonsack and Harvey J Pearce of St. Louis also designed the courthouse in Audrain CountyDade County and Franklin County.


County Courthouse Annex – Farmington  




Location:  1 West Liberty Street / North Jefferson Street

Built:  2005 – 2007

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kromm Rikimaru & Johnsen

Contractor:  Brockmiller Construction of Farmington


Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff brick, concrete and glass structure. Located on landscaped grounds in the center of Farmington to the north of the courthouse. The south front has a porch with six columns rising to a header. A wide band runs below the flat roof line. A center section rises above the roof line. 


See:  The 24th Judicial District covers Madison CountySt. Francois County, Ste. Genevieve County and Washington County.


History:  The county was created in 1821 and Farmington was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by George Taylor. The courthouse was razed when the second courthouse, a two story brick and stone structure was designed and built by Henry H Wright of St Louis in 1848 to 1850 at a cost of $8,000. The third courthouse was designed by Jerome B Legg and built by James P Gillick in 1885 at a cost of $14,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1927 at a cost of $250,000. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 2005 to 2007 at a cost of $3,300,000.




County Courthouse – Farmington










County Courthouse Annex – Farmington

Photos taken 2009