Fairfax County

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Fairfax County is named for Thomas Fairfax, who was the 6th Lord Fairfax of Cameron and proprietor of the Northern Neck.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Montgomery County, Maryland and Arlington County

E – AlexandriaPrince George’s County and Charles County

S – Prince William County

W – Loudon County


Created:  May 6, 1742                            Map of Virginia highlighting Fairfax County

County Seat: 

Spring Field  1742 – 1752

Arlington       1752 – 1799

Fairfax          1799 – present


Old County Courthouse – Fairfax


Location:  4000 Chain Bridge Road / Main Street

Built:  1799 – 1800

Style:  Colonial Revival

Architect:  James Wren

Contractor:  John Bogue and Marengo Dykes


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building was constructed with Flemish Bond brick. The rectangular building has a wide first story porch on the east front with large arches. On the center of the roof is a white colored octagonal cupola. The roof is hipped. The courtroom is on the first story. The building was restored in 1964 to 1967. The architect was Walter Macomber. On the south side is the large addition constructed in 1930 to 1931. The architect was William I Denning. The building was expanded again in 1951 to 1953 with the addition of a center block with large white colored cupola and another wing identical to the 1930 wing. The architect was Robert A Willgoos and Dwight Chase.


County Courthouse – Fairfax




Location:  4110 Chain Bridge Road / Judicial Drive

Built:  1980 – 1982

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum

Contractor:  Equitable Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The center section projects from the main building with three large arched openings. Along the first and second stories are brick arches. The third story windows are horizontal. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Jennings Judicial Center. In 2004 to 2007, the building was enlarged with construction on the south side and creation of a center open courtyard with higher section on the south side. The architect was HRD Architecture Inc. and Henningson Durham & Richardson of Alexandria and the contractor was Dick Corporation of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.




County Courthouse - Fairfax 











































Photos taken 2013