Grant County

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Grant County is named for Ulysses Grant, who led the Union forces to victory in the Civil War. He was elected President of the United States.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Douglas County and Okanogan County

E – Lincoln County and Adams County

S – Franklin County and Benton County

W – Yakima County, Kittitas County and Douglas County

 

Created:  February 24, 1909                  Map of Washington highlighting Grant County

County Seat: 

Ephrata  1909 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Ephrata 

 

Location:  35 C Street SW / 10th Avenue SW

Built:  1917 – 1918

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  George H  Keith

Contractor:  J J Lohrenz

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ephrata. The building has a raised basement and a white colored terra-cotta exterior faced in glazed white colored terra cotta blocks that resemble polished stone coursework faced in glazed white colored terra cotta blocks that resemble polished stone coursework. Above this the wall surface changes to brick after a substantial water table marking the transition between stories. There is a large portico supported by four large white colored fluted Corinthian columns with a pediment above at the flat roof line. The windows and decorative brickwork spandrels nearly fill recessed panels in between the slightly projecting brick pilasters. A wide cornice runs below the roof line. In the interior there are marble stairs. The County District Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. The building houses the County District Court. On the west side is a three story rectangular shaped annex which was added in 1957. The architect was Donald Ross Hollingberry.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Grant County Courthouse

 

County Justice Center  :  35 C Street SW / 10th Avenue SW  

 

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Location:  35 C Street SW / 10th Avenue SW

Built:  1984 – 1985

Style:  Modernl

Architect:  Walker McGouch Foltz Lyerla

Contractor:  Lydig Construction Inc.

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a three story red colored brick, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ephrata on the west side of the courthouse. The south end of the building which houses the jail, is rounded and has narrow vertical windows. The roof line is flat. A covered walkway runs west from the courthouse.  In the interior, the County Superior Court courtrooms are located on the third story. The building houses the County Superior Court. The project manager was Durne Gillmore. The building is named as the Law & Justice Building.

 

History:  The county was created in 1909 and Ephrata was designated as the county seat. The first meeting of the commissioners was in a room over the general store.  The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built by J C Cunningham of Wilson Creek in 1909 at a cost of $4,975. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1917 to 1918 at a cost of $63,263. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1984 to 1985.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Ephrata

 

 

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County District Court courtroom

 

 

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County Justice Center - Ephrata

 

 

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County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2012 and 2022