Franklin County

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Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was one of the founding fathers of the United States.


Created:  November 5, 1792

County Seat: 

Saint Albans 1789 – present


Old County Courthouse – Saint Albans 


Location:  17 Church Street / Bank Street

Built:  1873 – 1874

Style:  Italianate / Classical

Architect:  Edgar C Ryer of Burlington

Contractor:  Franklin County Building Commission


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and white colored wood frame structure. The west front has square red colored brick tower with white colored square cupolas on each corner. The center section projects slightly and has a entrance on the first story. The second story has arched windows. The north side has a one story porch. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1800 to 1803. The second courthouse was built in 1849 to 180 and burned in the 1860’s. The cost of construction of the present old courthouse was $75,000, which exceeded the original budgeted amount of $35,000. 


See:  The architect, Edgar C Ryer also designed the old courthouse in  Chittenden Countywhich has now been demolished.


County Courthouse – Saint Albans 




Location:  36 Lake Street / Catherine Street

Built:  1988 – 1990

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Alexander, Truex and DeGroot Inc. of Burlington

Contractor:  Spates Construction of Newport


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The north front has a central arched entrance. There are large square sections with green colored roofs above the entrance and on the east and west sides. The east and west sections of the building project slightly from the main building. The base of the building is concrete. The roof line is flat. 


Note:  During construction, Pinkham Engineering Associates of Burlington were the civil engineers. Doherty Consulting of South Burlington provided structural engineering and N F Lawrence and  Associates Inc. of Northborough, Massachusetts were the mechanical and electrical engineers.



N – Quebec, Canada

E – Orleans County

S – Lamoille County and Chittenden County

W – Grand Isle County



































Photos taken 2014