Kings County

US States / A-G / California / Kings County
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Kings County is named for the Kings River which was named “Rio de los Santos Reyes” or “River of the Holy Kings” to honour the Biblical Magi.

 

Created:  March 22, 1893

County Seat: 

Hanford  1893 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Hanford  

 

Location:  114 West 8th Street / North Douty Streett

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  William H Wilcox

Contractor:  John Haggerty

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick concrete and stone  structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. The south front has a projecting center section with porch on the first story with recessed entrance. On the second story is an upper porch with three large arches and above is a pediment with circular window. At each corner of the building is a large square tower with step roof. The foundation is rough stone. The roof is gabled. The building was expanded in 1914. The architect was Carl Thayer and Henri Dorlot and the contractor was Trewhitt-Shield Construction Company. The building is now a commercial center called Courthouse Square.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $26,364. The adjoining County Jail was constructed in 1898 with an addition in 1913.

 

County Courthouse – Hanford  

 

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Location:  1426 South Drive / Kings County Drive

Built:  1976 – 1977

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kaiser Engineers, Inc. of Oakland

Contractor:  Robert G Fisher Company, Inc. of Fresno.

 

Description:  The building faces south and are one story dark red colored brick and concrete structures. The buildings face south and were completed in 1977. The complwx is comprised of five buildings. On the west side are Court Buildings A, B & C. On the east side is a large courtyard with the Administration Building on the north side and the Financial Building on the east side. Each building has vertical concrete pillars with recessed wall and sloped roofs. The Administration Building has a raised roof section in the center.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Fresno County

E – Tulare County

S – Kern County

W – Monterey County and Fresno County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2013