Arlington County

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Arlington County is named for Henry Bennet 1st Earl of Arlington whose name was applied to a plantation along the Potomac River.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington, D.C.

E – Alexandria 

S – Fairfax County

W – Fairfax County and Falls Church


Created:  February 27, 1801                  Map of Virginia highlighting Arlington County

County Seat: 

Alexandria   1801 – 1898

Arlington      1898 – present


County Judicial Center – Arlington


Location:  1425 Courthouse Road / 14th Street North


Built:  1991– 1994

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hanson Lind Meyer Design

Contractor:  Ellinwood + Machado


Description:  The two buildings face west and are thirteen story concrete and glass structures. The buildings are located in the center of Arlington. The buildings are a post-tensioned concrete flat slab design. The windows are vertical with panels between the stories. The west side of the courthouse section has a glass paneled center section. The roof lines are flat. On the south side is the Arlington County Courthouse with main entrance on the north side facing a plaza between the buildings. The building houses the County Circuit Court, County General District Court and County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court of the 17th Judicial Circuit. On the north side of the plaza is the Arlington County Justice Center (Jail).


History: The county was created in 1801 and became Alexandria County of the District of Columbia. The first courthouse was the Town Hall-Courthouse designed by John Carlyle, Richard Conway and William Ramsay and built in 1752 at Alexandria. The second Town Hall-Courthouse was built in 1817 and was later destroyed by fire on May 19, 1871. In 1846 to 1847, the county was reinstated with Alexandria as the county seat. In 1870, Alexandria became an Independent City and the name of the county changed to Arlington County. The third City Hall-Courthouse was constructed in 1871 to 1872 and is still standing. In 1898, the county seat was moved to Arlington and the fourth courthouse was designed by Albert Goenner and constructed by Joseph H Hobson in 1898. Additions were constructed in 1929 and in 1948 when the contractor was Lee T Turner. The fifth courthouse was designed by John M Walton & Associates and constructed in 1958 to 1960. The building was later demolished in 1997. The sixth and present courthouse and detention center were constructed in 1991 to 1994 at a cost of $75,000,000.


County Government Center – Arlington





Location:  2100 Clarendon Boulevard / 15th Street North


Built:  1985 – 1988 / 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  CHK Architects

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building is a fourteen story concrete and glass style structures. The building faces north and was completed in 1988. The second phase was completed in 1989. The building is located in the center of Arlington to the west of the courthouse. The large windows are vertical. The upper five stories are separated by a projecting cornice and the roof line is flat. The building is named as the Ellen M Bozman County Government Center and slso houses the Arlington City Hall.. 




County Courthouse – Arlington
















County Justice Center (Jail) – Arlington










County Government Center – Arlington







Photos taken 2013