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

 

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 building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. 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. The large courtroom is located on the second story. The building is named as the Percival Shangraw Courthouse.

 

Note:  On the east side of the courthouse along Lincoln Street is the old red colored brick jail.

 

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.

 

District Courthouse – Saint Albans 

 

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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 building is located in the center of the city. 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.

 

Old District Courthouse – Saint Albans 

 

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Location:  50 Kingman Street / Federal Street

Built:  1895 – 1896

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is

 

Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada

E – Orleans County

S – Lamoille County and Chittenden County

W – Grand Isle County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Old Jail

 

 

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County Superior Courthouse

 

 

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Old District Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2014 and 2018