Venango County

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Venango

Venango County is named for Native American word “onenge” meaning “otter”.

 

Created:  March 12, 1800

County Seat:

Franklin  1800 – present

 

County Courthouse – Franklin  

 

Location:  500 West Main Street / 12th Street

Built:  1867 – 1869

Style:  Italianate

Architect:  Sloan and Hutton of Philadelphia

Contractor:  Sloan and Hutton of Philadelphia

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is in the form of a “T”. The south front has three arches on the first story with long arched windows on the second and third stories and above is a pediment at the roof line. On the southeast corner is a high square white colored clock tower with white colored dome at the top. On the southwest corner is a smaller cupola with steep white colored dome. The rear portion of the building was constructed in 1931 to 1932. The architect and contractor was Samuel Brady. On the north side of the courthouse is the modern Courthouse Annex.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Crawford County and  Warren County

E – Forest County and Clarion County

S – Armstrong County and Butler County

W – Mercer County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2010