Pitkin County

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Pitkin County is named for Frederick Walker Pitkin, who was the second Governor of the State of Colorado.


Created:  February 23, 1881

County Seat:

Aspen  1881 – present


County Courthouse – Aspen


Location:  506 East Main Street / Galena Street

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Quayle

Contractor:  J D Hooper and N A Sears ( stone mason )


Description: The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The center section projects from the main building and has an arched recessed entrance on the first story. Above is the Statue of Justice with peaked roof at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a square tower with mansard roof.


Note:  The building itself is a two-story brick structure on a stone foundation, raised to expose the basement. It is set back from the street, fronted by a low iron fence, red cobblestone sidewalk, and small trees and shrubbery. Two large evergreens flank the courthouse. A large modern extension containing the jail is located to the rear.

On the 13-bay south (front) facade, the five-bay projecting entrance pavilion, itself with the center three bays projecting, is complemented by two lesser projections on the third and fourth bays from the center. Bricks are laid in stretcher bond. Stone belt courses provide sills and lintels the narrow one-over-one double-hung sash windows on the first story. Segmental arches of vertical brick, with keystone, spring from the lintels on the flanking projections.

The second-story windows are similarly treated but less restrained. All have segmental arches; the central window of the center pavilion, and the windows on the flanking ones, are combined under one larger arch with their transoms divided by the brick. Above them is a wide plain wooden frieze topped by a dentilled cornice at the roof line.

A pediment with doubled semicircular window and the same cornice treatment tops the middle three bays. Atop the other projecting sections are small solid wooden parapets with recessed panels alternating with fluting. The shallow hipped roof is pierced by two chimneys in the middle and a tall tower behind the front pavilion.

The lowest of the tower’s four stages is a plain wooden section, topped with a cornice. The next two are united by a small pair of windows similar to those in the building, above a recessed panel and topped with a fanlight and pediment. On the second stage they are flanked by two wooden fluted pilasters; on the third by paneling and a spiral carving. The topmost stage is a peaked shingled roof with imitation miniature shed dormer windows.

At the entrance, stone steps rise up to a small, steeply gabled entrance projection faced in rough stone blocks. On the top is a silvery zinc statue of Lady Justice, without the blindfold common to many other depictions of her. Large wooden paneled double doors topped by an arched fanlight provide entrance.



N – Garfield County and Eagle County

E – Lake County and Chaffeee County

S – Gunnison County

W – Gunnison County and Mesa County 
































Photos taken 2011