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Sedgwick County

Sedgwick County is named for John Sedgwick, who was a Major-General of volunteers in the United States Army and who was killed in the battle at Spotsylvania on May 9, 1864.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Harvey County

E – Butler County 

S – Sumner County

W – Kingman County and Reno County

 

Created:  February 26, 1867                  Map of Kansas highlighting Sedgwick County

County Seat:

Wichita  1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Wichita  

 

Location:  525 North Main Street / West Central Avenue

Built:  1956 – 1958

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Thomas, Harris, Calvin & Associates

Contractor:  Martin K Eby Construction Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is an eleven story glass, steel and concrete skyscraper structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wichita. The first and second stories are recessed on the east side with glass walls. The windows are horizontal. The walls without windows are a blue color. The south side has a two story extension and the north side has a long two story wing. The roof line is flat. In the interior there are twenty-eight County District Court courtrooms. The building houses the County District Court of the 18th Judicial District. 

 

Old County Courthouse – Wichita  

 

 

Location:  504 North Main Street / Central Avenue

Built:  1888 – 1889

Style:  Victorian / Renaissance

Architect:  W R McPherson

Contractor:  W H Sternberg of Wichita

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a six story gray colored native stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wichita to the east of the courthouse. The building has a raised basement.  The west front has a large arch with recessed entrance on the first story, arched window on the second story and pediment above. At the top is a parapet with the statue of Justice. There is a square tower on each corner with hipped roof. On the center of the roof is a large square tower with hipped roof. In the interior, the former courtroom is located at the southeast side of the third story is now the Commissioners Meeting Room. The room has pilasters and a high ceiling.  

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Sedgwick County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1867 and Wichita was selected as the county seat in 1870 when the county was organized. The county used rented premises until the first courthouse was constructed in 1888 to 1889 at a cost of $197,329 and is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1956 to 1958.

 

 

County Courthouse – Wichita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse  – Wichita

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Historic Courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2022