Coos County

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Coos County is named for an Algonquin word meaning “small pines”.

 

Created:  October 24, 1803

County Seat: 

Lancaster  1803 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lancaster  

 

Location:  55 School Street / Main Street

Built:  1995 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Keith Hemingway

Contractor:  E F Wall & Associates

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The first store is faced with pink colored stone with the entrance portico having two square openings and a large opening on the south side. The center section projects with horizontal windows on the second and third stories with hipped roof with peak rising behind. The roof line is flat.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lancaster  

 

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Location:  150 Main Street / School Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  H J Preston

Contractor:  Mead, Mason & Company.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The east front has a large square projecting tower with arch entrance on the first story, dual arched windows on the second story and large arched window on the third story. The roof of the tower is mansard. The building has arched windows on the first story and long arched windows on the second story. The roof is hipped. The building is now an office building.

 

County Courthouse – Berlin

 

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Location:  650 Main Street / Abenaki Street

Built:  2010 – 2011

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story gray-blue structure. The northwest front had a projecting center section with arched window on the second story and with one story porticos on each side supported by white colored columns. The building has siding with white colored trim. The roof is hipped.

 

Note:  The previous red colored brick structure was torn down and replaced by the present building.

 

Old County Courthouse – Berlin

 

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Location:  220 Main Street / Mason Street

Built:  1905– 1906

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  John Spofford of Spofford and Eastman, Architects of Boston

Contractor:  A N Gilbert

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The northwest front has a central one story portico supported by four columns. The center section of the building is recessed. Above the portico is a central window on the second story with single arched windows on either side. The projecting corner sections have small third story windows. Horizontal cornices run between the first and second stories and below the roof line. The roof is hipped. The foundation of the building is course stone. The building stands vacant.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada 

E – Oxford County, Maine

S – Carroll County and Grafton County

W – Essex County, Vermont and Quebec, Canada 

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2014