Wake County

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Wake

Wake County is named for Margaret Wake, who was the wife of British colonial governor William Tyron.

 

Created:  1771

County Seat: 

Raleigh  1771 – present

 

County Courthouse – Raleigh 

 

Location:  316 Fayetteville Street Mall / Davie Street

Built:  1968 – 1970

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Holloway-Reeves : Olsen Associates

Contractor:  Nello L Teer company and J M Thompson Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a fifteen story structure. The east front has a central recessed entrance on the first story with vertical pillars on either side. Above the entrance is a large county crest. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  In 1882, a courthouse was designed by John B Halcott and built by Thomas H Briggs, Sr. and in 1915, the previous courthouse was designed by P Thornton and constructed by Frank B Simpson.

 

County Justice Center – Raleigh 

 

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Location:  300 South Salisbury Street / Martin Street

Built:  2010 – 2013

Style:  Modern

Architect:  O’Brien Atkins and HO+K

Contractor:  Barnhill Construction and Balfour Beaty Construction

 

Description:  The building faces east and is an eleven story concrete and glass structure. The building rises with vertical concrete pillars with dark blue coloured glass windows between. The east front has a canopy above the first story entrance. The roof line is flat. The building is located on the west side of the courthouse.

 

See:  Located in the county are the North Carolina Supreme Court and North Carolina Court of Appeals.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Granville County and Franklin County

E – Nash County and Johnston County

S – Harnett County and Chatham County

W – Chatham County and Durham County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2014