Chautauqua County

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Chautauqua County is named for a Seneca word meaning “where the fish are taken out”.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Erie, Ontario, Canada and Erie County

E – Cattaraugus County

S – Warren County, Pennsylvania and  Erie County, Pennsylvania

W – Erie County, Pennsylvania, Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada


Created:  March 11, 1808                       Map of New York highlighting Chautauqua County

County Seat:

Mayville  1811 – present


County Courthouse – Mayville 


Location:  1 North Erie Street / East Chautauqua Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William J Beardsley of Poughkeepsie

Contractor:  Ernest J Bailey of Shellberg, Linquist & Bailey


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story buff colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Mayville. The southwest front has a large portico supported by four high columns with wide pediment above at the roof line. The recessed entrance and the windows on either side, have small pediments at the top. On the center of the roof is a round dome with black colored roof.


See:  The architect, William J Beardsley of Poughkeepsie , designed courthouses in Dutchess County, Franklin County,,Greene County and Sullivan County.


History:  The county was created in 1811 and Mayville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1812 to 1815. The second courthouse was constructed by Benjamin Rathbun in 1834. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908.


County Administration – Mayville 




Location:  3 North Erie Street / East Chautauqua Street

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Naetzker-Thorsell and Dove

Contractor:  Hydro Construction Company


Description:  The building faces northwest and is a four story glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Mayville on the northwest side of the courthouse.The northwest front has a one story entrance section with rounded roof. The building was originally constructed as the Health and Welfare Building and now named as the Gerace Office Building. The courthouse is located along the southeast side of the building. On the south side is an old Land Records Vault built in 1810.




County Courthouse – Mayville

























County Administration – Mayville










Old Land Records Vault 1810 – Mayville




Photos taken 2010