Luzerne County

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Luzerne County is named for The Chevalier de Luzerne.

 

Created:  September 25, 1786 

County Seat:

Wilkes-Barre  1786 – present

 

 County Courthouse - Wilkes-Barre  

 

Location:  200 North River Street / North Street

Built:  1906 – 1908

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Frederick J Osterling of Pittsburgh

Contractor:  Wilson J Smith of Wilkes-Barre

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and  is a two story buff colored Ohio limestone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The building is a “cruciform” shape. There are identical six column porticos on three facades. The south facade facing the garden is the main entrance. On the center of the roof is a large dome. The building was restored in 1967. The architect was Carl J Schmitt & Company and the contractor was Raymond R Hedden & Company. The exterior was restored in 2011. The architect was Eyerman-Csala-Hopeman & Handman and the contractor was D A Notly, Inc.

 

Note:  The architect Frederick J Osterling of Pittsburgh resigned and McCormack & French were hired to complete the design of Frederick J Osterling. The construction bid was awarded to Joseph Handler Construction Company for $597,000 and permission was granted to withdraw the bid which was then awarded to Wilson J Smith of Wilkes-Barre for the sum of $617,000. Whenever possible, contracts were awarded to local bidders.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Wyoming

E – Lackawanna County and Monroe County

S – Carbon County and Schuylkill County

W – Columbia County and Sullivan County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2015