Armstrong County

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Armstrong

Armstrong County is named for John Armstrong, who was an American Revolutionary War general and a Continental Congressman.

 

Created:  March 12, 1800 

County Seat:

Kittanning  1800 – present

 

County Courthouse – Kittanning  

 

Location:  402 East Market Street / South Grant Avenue

Built:  1858 – 1860

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Hulings and Dickey

Contractor:  Hulings and Dickey

 

Description:  The building faces  west and is a three story dark stone style structure situate on a rise up a hill. The building has a large portico supported by four columns rising from the second to third story with the pediment at the roof line. There are three large stone arches at the entrance on the first story. A high white colored cupola rises over the entrance. An addition was built in 1871. The building was restored in 1950 to 1953. The architects was Charles J Marr of New Philadelphia, Ohio with Tillman Scheeren Jr. and Walter Rittenhouse of Kittanning. On the north side is the jail constructed in 1870 to 1873. The contractor was Harrison Brothers. The jail is now the records center.

 

Note: The first courthouse was built in 1805 at Market Street and Jefferson Street. The second courthouse was built in 1852 to 1853 and was destroyed by fire on March 10, 1858. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $32,000.

 

County Administration Building – Kittanning  

 

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Location:  402 East Market Street / South Grant Avenue

Built:  1900 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure situate on a rise of a hill. The north front has a projecting center section with three rectangular openings on the first story and three large windows on the second story. The roof is hipped and the building is connected to the courthouse on the northeast side.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Clarion County

E – Jefferson County and Indiana County

S – Westmoreland County

W – Butler County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2015