Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.
Created: September 8, 1784
Chambersburg 1784 – present
County Courthouse – Chambersburg
Location: 1 North Main Street / East Lincoln Way
Built: 1864 – 1865
Style: Greek Revival
Architect: S Hutton
Contractor: Samuel Seibert
Description: The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick, wood and stone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located at courthouse square with a plaza on the west side. The west front has a large portico with six large Ionic columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. The central entrance is framed with brownstone and the windows have white colored shutters. On the roof is a large white colored cupolas with stepped base, balustrade decoration, clock and state of Benjamin Franklin at the top. There are six single stack chimneys on the roof, symmetrically placed three to a side. An addition was constructed on the east side in 1902. The architect was John Augustine Dempwolf. The building is connected to the Courthouse Annex by a second story bridge on the east side.
Note: The first courthouse was designed by the son of Colonel Benjamin Chamber and built between 1786 and 1794. The second courthouse was built in 1842 and was destroyed by fire during the Civil War. The present courthouse was built on the remaining walls of the second courthouse.
County Courthouse Annex – Chambersburg
Location: 157 East Lincoln Way / Central Avenue
Built: 1977 – 1979
Architect: Lawrie and Green
Contractor: Maekler & Hull.
Description: The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is rectangular and the south side has a central recessed entrance with porch. The windows are vertical on the first and second stories and square on the third story. The roof line is flat. The building is connected to the courthouse by a second story bridge on the west side.
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Photos taken 2015