San Juan County

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San Juan County is named after the San Juan River ( St. John ) whose headwaters are in the San Juan Mountains

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Montezuma County, Colorado, La Plata County, Colorado and Archuleta County, Colorado

E – Rio Arriba County and Sandoval County

S – McKinley County

W – Apache County, Arizona

 

Created:  January 24, 1887                    Map of New Mexico highlighting San Juan County

County Seat:

Aztec              1887 – 1890

Junction City  1890 – 1892

Aztec              1892 – present

 

County Administration Building – Aztec

 

Location:  100 South Oliver Drive / West Aztec Boulevard

Built:  1992 – 1994

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William Freimuth Architecture

Contractor:   Jaynes Corporation of Albuquerque

 

Description: The building faces south and is a one story glass and concrete structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds on the west side of the center of the city. The rectangular shaped building has the main entrance at the southwest corner. The southwest entrance has two semicircle red colored brick walls with courtyard in the center. To the north are four low white colored buildings all connected to the main building. The roof line is flat.

 

County Judicial Complex – Aztec

 

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Location:  103 South Oliver Drive / West Aztec Boulevard

Built:  1980 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Craig Johnson of Farmington

Contractor:   Jaynes Corporation of Albuquerque

 

Description: The building faces east and is a two story stone, brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the west of the center of Aztec. The original building was a rectangular structure extending north from the southeast entrance. The entrance was replaced with the high brick tower and a rectangular section was constructed on the south side in 2006 to 2008. The second story is recessed. A long corridor runs along the east side of the first story with courtrooms along the west side. The building houses the District Court of the 11th Judicial District. In 2006 to 2008, the architect was Greer Stafford BJCF, Inc. and the contractor was Jaynes Corporation of Albuquerque. The building was remodeled. The architect was Greer Stafford BJCF, Inc. and the contractor was Uselman Construction.

 

County Juvenile Service Center – Farmington

 

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Location:  851 Andrea Drive / Melissa Street

Built:  2000 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  CDCSW Architects of Albuquerque

Contractor:   Jaynes Corporation of Albuquerque

 

Description: The building faces southeast and is a one story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious grounds to the east of Farmington. The center section gas a two story entrance lobby with vertical pillars and recessed glass walls. Along the southeast front has vertical dividers with horizontal windows. The roof is hipped.  

 

History: The county was created in 1887 and Aztec was selected as the county seat. In 1892 the court met on the second story of the Colonel Williams General Store at 100 South Main Street. The county seat was moved to Junction City in 1890 and returned to Aztec in 1892. The county rented space until the first courthouse, a two story brick structure was built by C G Brewer in 1902 to 1903. The second courthouse was a one story concrete and glass structure designed by William W Ellison and constructed in 1951 on the southeast corner of Mesa Verde Street and East Chaco Street. An addition was designed by William W Ellison in 1957. In 1977, the District Court moved to a renovated grocery store on Main Street. The courthouse was demolished when the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1980 to 1982.The building was remodeled in 2006 to 2008. The County Juvenile Services Center was constructed in 2000 to 2003 near Farmington.

 

 

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County Administration Building – Aztec

 

 

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County Judicial Complex – Aztec

 

 

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County Judicial Complex in 2007 before remodeling

 

 

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Picture County Courthouse in 1892

 

 

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Picture County Courthouse in 1902

 

 

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Picture County Courthouse in 1951

 

 

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County Juvenile Service Center – Farmington

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2016