Benton County

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Benton

Benton County is named for Thomas Hart Benton, who was a United States Senator from Missouri.

 

Created:  March 8, 1905

County Seat: 

Prosser  1905 – present

 

County Courthouse – Prosser 

 

Location:  620 Market Street / Main Street

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Link & Rasquil of Spokane

Contractor:  Ernst White & Company of Twin Falls, Idaho

 

Description:  The building  faces north and is a three story brown colored brick, terra cotta and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and the north front has a large portico with two columns rising to the top of the second story, with a pediment above. A wide horizontal white colored band runs below the first story windows and above the second story windows. A cornice runs below the roof line. The roof line is flat. An addition was added in 1957 on the south side of the building. A three story addition was constructed on the south side in 1987. The architect was Ohashi-Augier Architects of Richland and the contractor was Lydig Construction Inc.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was built in 1905. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $87,000. The bid of Ernst White & Company of Twin Falls, Idaho was $75,321. George Rasque of Wisconsin headed the construction project.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Benton County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center – Kennewick

 

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Location:  7121 West Okanagan Place / West Quinault Avenue

Built:  2001 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ohashi-Augier Architects and Planners of Richland and Hummel Architects of Boise, Idaho

Contractor:  Garco Construction Inc. of Spokane

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a two story cream colored concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious grounds on the northwest side of the Justice Center Complex. The east front has a high concrete wall with recessed entrance on the east side. The windows are horizontal and recessed. The roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court for Benton County and Franklin County.

 

Note:  The Justice Center has three buildings with the Court Building A ( 2001 ) on the northwest, Sheriff’s Office Building B ( 1984 ) on the northeast and the Jail ( 1984 ) along the south. Construction and renovation costs in 2001 were $29,730,000.

 

County Juvenile Justice Center – Kennewick

 

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Location:  5606 West Canal Drive / North Grant Street

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Carson & Kesterson

Contractor:  Gilbert H Moen

 

Description:  The building  faces south and is a one story buff colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and is “U” shaped. The recessed entrance is located at the southeast corner. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat. The building is named for James J Lawlass and serves Benton County and Franklin County. 

 

Courthouses: 

N – Grant County

E – Franklin County and Walla Walla County

S – Umatilla County, Oregon and Morrow County, Oregon

W – Klickiat County and Yakima County

 

 

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First Courthouse 1905

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2016