Lewis County

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Lewis County is named for Morgan Lewis, who was the fourth Governor of New York.

 

Created:  March 28, 1805

County Seat:

Martinsburg  1805 – 1864

Lowville        1864 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lowville

 

Location:  7660 North State Street / Trinity Avenue

Built:  1852 – 1853

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Hiram S Lanpher

Contractor:  Hiram S Lanpher

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lowville. The southwest front has a large portico with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The building is rectangular and has a flat roof line. An addition was added in 1875. A fire in 1947 destroyed the building. In 1948, the building was rebuilt adding a third story. The architect was Thomas P Phillips and the contractor was Wager Brothers Inc. An addition was constructed on the northeast side in 2007 to 2008. The building is a two story red colored brick, glass and concrete square shaped structure. The roof line is flat. The architect was Ashley McGraw Architects and the contractor was Charles A Gaetano Construction. On the north side is the two story red colored brick Clerk’s Office.

 

Note:  The present courthouse served as the Town Hall from 1852 to 1855 and was built at a cost of $6,000.

 

Old County Courthouse – Martinsburg

 

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Location:  Highway 26 / Whitaker Road

Built:  1810 – 1812

Style:  Federal and Italianate

Architect:  General Walter Martin

Contractor:  General Walter Martin

 

Description:  The building faces west and  is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Martinsburg. and has a hipped roof. The center front portion was added at a later date. The old courtroom is located on the second story. The building now houses the town offices. The building is named as the Martinsburg Town Hall.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $1500 and the commissioners overseeing the building were Benjamin Van Vleck, Daniel Kelley and Jonathan Collins. Most of the town’s residence were out of the town when a surprise vote was held to move the county seat to Lowville. The outside outhhouses still remain behind the building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Saint Lawrence County

E – Herkimer County

S – Oneida County

W – Oswego County and Jefferson County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Courthouse New Addition

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Martinsburg

 

 

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Former Courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2010 and 2017