Cattaraugus County

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Cattaraugus

Cattaraugus County is named for a Seneca word meaning “bad smelling banks” referring to the odor of natural gas which leaked from local rock formations.

 

Created:  March 11, 1808

County Seat:

Ellicottville   1817 – 1868

Little Valley  1868 – present

 

County Courthouse – Little Valley

 

Location:  303 Court Street / 8th Street

Built:  1964 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Nilstein, Witter, Davis & Hamilton

Contractor:  Siegfried Construction Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Little Valley. The central entrance on the southwest front has a small canopy over the first story entrance with a white stone section above with the county crest. White horizontal bands run between the windows and along the flat roof line.

 

Note:  The second courthouse was designed by Horatio Nelson White and constructed in Little Valley by Porter Welch in 1868.

 

Old County Courthouse –  Ellicottville 

 

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Location:  1 West Washington Street / Jefferson Street

Built:  1829

Style:  Federal

Architect:  William Stillwell, Andrew Mead and Abner Chase

Contractor:  William Stillwell, Andrew Mead and Abner Chase

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ellicottville. The south front has a central entrance with arched window above on the second story. The roof has Dutch gables along the roof line. The building has a limestone foundation. On the roof is an hexagonal white colored octagonal wood cupola. The building served as the first courthouse until 1868 and is now the City Hall.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Erie County and Wyoming County

E – Alleghany County

S – McKean County, Pennsylvania and Warren County, Pennsylvania 

W – Chautauqua County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Ellicottville

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2011