Berks County

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Berks County is named for the County of Berkshire in England.

 

Created:  October 14, 1751

County Seat:

Reading  1751 – present

 

County Courthouse - Reading  

 

Location:  633 Court Street / North 6th Street

Built:  1930 – 1931

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Miles Dechant and F H Dechant of William H Dechant & Sons

Contractor:  McCloskey & Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a twenty two story concrete and stone clad structure. The south front has a high tiered tower with vertical windows and entrance on the first story. The first to third stories have stone facing. There are bas-reliefs above the entrances and around the top including large eagles on each side. The east and west wings are ten stories. The roof line is flat.  

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1761. The second courthouse was designed by Thomas Ustick Walter and built in 1840.

 

County Administration - Reading  

 

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Location:  633 Court Street / North 7th Street

Built:  1989 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  John M Kostecky, Jr. & Associates

Contractor:  2C/M Incorporated

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a nineteen story concrete and glass structure. The west front has a slightly projecting center section with recessed entrance on the first story. Glass paneled walls are on either side of the center section. Two story wings extend on the north and south sides, with the south wing connected to the courthouse. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Berks County Services Center. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Schuylkill County

E – Lehigh County

S – Montgomery County and Chester County

W – Lancaster County and Lebanon County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015