Chelan County

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Chelan County is named for a Native American word meaning “deep water” and also for Lake Chelan.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Skagit County and Okangon County 

E – Douglas County

S – Kittitas County

W – King CountySnohomish County and Skagit County


Created:  March 13, 1899                       Map of Washington highlighting Chelan County

County Seat: 

Wenatchee  1899 – present


County Courthouse – Wenatchee 


Location:  350 Orondo Avenue / Washington Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Morrison-Stimson-Solberg

Contractor:  Jarl & Lasker


Description:  The building  faces northeast and is a four story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wenatchee. The rectangular shaped building has a horizontal stone first story and sits on the side of a gentle rise. The northeast front has a central entrance and is framed with stone. The third story windows are arched. The roof line is flat On the northwest side is the County Law and Justice Facility.


County Law and Justice Facility – Wenatchee 




Location:  350 Orondo Avenue / Washington Street

Built:  1982 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fraley, Leighton & Associates

Contractor:  Voth Brothers Construction


Description:  The building  faces southeast and is a six story rectangular shaped buff brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wenatchee and is connected to the courthouse on the southeast side. There are narrow horizontal windows. There is a wide horizontal band of concrete running below the flat roof line.


History:  The county was created in 1899 and Wenatchee was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the vacant brick Clark Hotel built by the Wenatchee Development Company in 1893 at the corner of Wenatchee Avenue and Kittitas Street. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1923 to 1924. The County Law and Justice Facility was construcred in 1981 to 1983.




County Courthouse – Wenatchee



















County Law and Justice Facilirty – Wenatchee










Photos taken 2012