Franklin County

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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 

County Seat:

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 in the center of the city 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 Judicial Center – Chambersburg  

 

Location:  1 North Main Street / East Lincoln Way

Built:  2019 – 2021

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Noelker & Hull Associates of Chambersburg and Silling Architects of West Virginia

 

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building is presently under construction. The old Administration will be demolished.

 

County Courthouse Annex – Chambersburg  

 

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Location:  157 East Lincoln Way / Central Avenue

Built:  1977 – 1979

Style:  Modern

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. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Juanita County and Perry County

E – Cumberland County and Adams County

S – Washington County, Maryland

W – Fulton County and Huntingdon County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015