Alamosa County

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Alamosa

Alamosa County is named for the cottonwood trees which grow along the Rio Grande as “alamosa” is the Spanish word for a “cottonwood grove”.

 

Created:  March 8, 1913

County Seat:

Alamosa  1913 – present

 

County Courthouse – Alamosa

 

Location:  702 4th Street / San Juan Avenue

Built:  1936 – 1938

Style:  Spanish Mission Revival

Architect:  George C Emery

Contractor:  Works Project Administration and local labor

 

Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is in the form of a “U” with the south wing joining the east and west wings. There is a courtyard in the center. Along the courtyard are enclosed walkways with arches facing the courtyard. The red colored title roof is hipped. The building is a Works Project Administration project using local labour. Taves & Son did the electrical work. In the southwest corner is the old jail which is rectangular building. The buildings were renovated from 1978 to 1981.

 

Note:  During construction, the bricks were produced at a rebuilt kiln north of the city. Geoege Hettler, who was the foreman for the kiln, died in January 1937. The County contributed $31,149 and the PWA contributed $39,713 towards the cost of construction.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Alamosa County Courthouse

 

Justice Center

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Built:  2018

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Reilly Johnson Architecture

Contractor:  GH Phipps Construction Company

 

County Office Building – Alamosa

 

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Location:  SE – 4th Street / Edison Avenue

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Charles Gathers and Associates, Inc.

Contractor:  Kiechel Construction, Inc.

 

Description: The building faces east and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The east front has a glass paneled entrance. The roof line is flat. The building is located on the west side of he courthouse.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Saguache County

E – Huerfano County and Costillia County

S – Conejos County

W – Rio Grande County

 

 

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Photos taken 2011