Franklin County

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Franklin

Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.

 

Created:  November 28, 1883

County Seat: 

Ainsworth  1883 – 1887

Pasco        1887 – present

 

County Courthouse – Pasco     

 

Location:  1016 North 4th Avenue / West Margaret Street

Built:  1912 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  C Lewis Willson & Company of Seattle

Contractor:  Misho & Grant General Contractors of Seattle

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds surrounded by a fence. The east front has a large portico with two columns rising to a pediment above the second story. The first story has large arched windows. A wide horizontal band runs below the cornice which runs below the roof line. On the center of the roof is a black colored dome with clock. The building was restored in 2006. The architect was CKJT Architects of Kennewick and Cardwell Architects of Seattle and the contractor was Lydig Construction, Inc. of Spokane.  The addition on the west side was constructed in 1971. The architect was Mark Pence and the contractor was George A Grant Construction Company.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1884 at Ainsworth at a cost of $800. In 1887, the courthouse was moved to a site in Pasco. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $74,215. The cost of construction of the addition was $1,166,000.

 

See:  The Juvenile Court is located across the Columbia River in Kennewick in Benton County

 

Courthouses: 

N – Adams County

E – Whitman County and Columbia County

S – Walla Walla County

W – Benton County and Grant County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2009 and 2016