Jefferson County

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Jefferson

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

Created:  December 22, 1852

County Seat: 

Port Townsend  1852 – present

 

County Courthouse – Port Townsend 

 

Location:  1820 Jefferson Street / Cass Street

Built:  1890 – 1892

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Willis A. Ritchie

Contractor:  John Rigby and C P Wakeman

 

Description:  The building  faces south and is a three story stone and dark red colored brick and sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on a hill overlooking the center of Port Townsend. On the south front is a large arched entrance on the first story. The west side also has a recessed arched entrance. There is a large square brick clock tower which rises 143 feet on the southeast corner. On the other corners are round towers with dome roofs. The roof is hipped with gable ends. The base of the building is grey colored stone. The courtroom on the third story is a massive room decorated with handcarved solid oak panelling. 

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $125,000 and eleven stone-cutters and twelve mason were utilized. The building is the oldest courthouse in Washington. The clock was shipped around Cape Horn and has been in service for over seventy-six years.

 

See:  The architect Willis A. Ritchie also designed the courthouse in Spokane County.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Jefferson County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Clallam County, San Juan County and Island County

E – Island County and Kitsap County

S – Mason County and Grays Harbor County

W – Pacific Ocean

                       

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2006 and 2016