Benton County

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Benton County is named for Thomas Hart Benton, who was a United States Senator and who advocated for the control of the Oregon Country by the United States.

 

Created:  December 23, 1847

County Seat: 

Corvallis  1851 – present

 

County Courthouse – Corvallis

 

Location:  120 NW 4th Street / NW Monroe Avenue

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  High Victorian Italianate

Architect:  Delos D Near of Portland

Contractor:  Thomas Mann and John Robertson of Portland

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a three story white colored stuccoed brick and native stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the city center.The east front has a one story portico with arched entrance on the first story. Behind rises a five story square clock tower with a statue of Justice,  sloped red colored roof and with a clock at the top. The foundation is rusticated ashlar gray colored granite. The building has a hipped red colored roof. The building is the oldest courthouse in Oregon which is still used as a courthouse. The building was renovated in 1976.

 

Note:  The cost for the construction of the present courthouse was $70,000. Nineteen large stones were procured in San Francisco and the sand for the exterior stucco and interior plastering was shipped from Lewisville, Washington. The Howard tower clock was installed after the building was finished. Local labor and materials were used.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Benton County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Polk County

E – Linn County

S – Lane County 

W – Lincoln County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2015