Adams County

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Adams County is named for John Adams, who was the second President of the United States of America, or for John Quincy Adams, who was the sixth President of the United States of America.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grant County and Lincoln County

E – Whitman County

S – Whitman County and Franklin County

W – Grant County

 

Created:  October 20, 1883                    Map of Washington highlighting Adams County

County Seat: 

Ritzville  1883 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ritzville

 

Location:  210 Broadway Avenue / Washington Street

Built:  1940 – 1941

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Whitehouse & Price

Contractor:  Clyde M Ludberg

 

Description:  The building  faces southeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ritzville. The southeast front has a central one story entrance which projects from the main building with a recessed doorway. The central section projects slightly and higher than the north and south wings, The roof line is flat. On the northwest side is the jail which was constructed in 1941 to 1942. The architect and contractor were the same as the courthouse construction.

 

History:  The first courthouse in 1892 was a wood frame house in Ritzville. The second courthouse was built by Burnham & Clapp in 1891. In 1905, an addition was designed by Preusse & Zittel. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1940 to 1941.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Ritzville

 

 

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Photos taken 2012 and 2016