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Benewah County

Benewah County is named for a Chief of the Coeur d’Alene Native American tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Kootenai County

E – Shoshone County 

S – Latah County

W – Whitman County, Washington and Spokane County, Washington


Created:  January 23, 1915                                                        Map of Idaho highlighting Benewah County

County Seat: 

St. Maries  1915 – present


County Courthouse – St. Maries 


Location:  701 West College Street / South 7th Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Meyers & Telender

Contractor:  Julius A Zittel.


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located in the center of St. Maries. The foundation is concrete. The north front has two tall white colored terra cotta columns with the entrance in the center. The building has an ivory colored pressed brick veneer on the north front and east side and red colored brick on the other two sides. On the upper stories are diagonal muntins and diamond patterns created by raised brick courses. The center section is recessed. There are three large windows above the entrance. A cornice runs below the flat roof line on the north front and east side. In the interior are hardwood floor, brown, gray and blue colored tiled wainscoting in the hallways, plaster walls and door moldings. The County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Magistrate Court of the 1st Judicial District. 


See:  National Register of historic Places – Benewah County Courthouse


See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Bonner CountyBoundary CountyKootenai County and Shoshone County.


History:  The county was created in 1915 and St. Maries was selected as the county seat. An old school building was used as the first courthouse. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1924 to 1925 at a cost of $87,990.



County Courthouse – St. Maries

















County District Court courtroom





Pictures take 2006 and 2016