Niagara County

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Niagara

Niagara County is named for the Iroquoian word meaning “a neck” between two bodies of water or “thunder of waters”, or “bisected bottom land”.

 

Created:  March 11, 1808

County Seat:

Buffalo     1808 – 1822

Lockport  1822 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lockport

 

Location:  175 Hawley Street / Niagara Street

Built:  1885 – 1886

Style:  Second Empire

Architect:  M E Beebe and Sons of Buffalo

Contractor:  William J Blackley of Lockport

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored course stone structure. The east front has a large stone portico with three arched entrances on the first story. Six columns rise from the second story to the top of the second story with a pediment at the roof line. The roof is mansard with a large round white dome on the center of the roof. An addition was constructed from 1914 to 1917. The architect was Chester R Phelps of Niagara Falls and the contractor was Johnmoon. An addition was constructed on the north side from 1957 to 1958. The architect was Cannon, Thiele, Betz & Cannon and the contractor was Albert Elia Building Company Inc.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $68,000. The cost of construction of the wing in 1957 was $699,447.

 

County Clerk’s Office – Lockport

 

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Location:  139 Niagara Street / Hawley Street

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story gray colored limestone  structure. The building was enlarged in 1917. The architect was Chester R Phelps of Niagara Falls.

 

County Administration – Lockport

 

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Location:  59 Park Avenue / Hawley Street

Built:  1972 – 1973

Style:  Modern

Architect:  William W Whitmore

Contractor:  Vintuoso Building Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular building is named as the the Niagara County Office Building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lake Ontario and Ontario, Canada

E – Orleans County and Genesee County

S – Erie County

W – Ontario, Canada

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010