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Harford County

Harford County is named for Henry Harford, who was the illegitimate son of Frederick Calvert, 6th Baron Baltimore.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – York County, Pennsylvania and Lancaster County, Pennsylvania

E – Cecil County

S – Kent County

W – Baltimore County

 

Created:  December 17, 1773                Map of Maryland highlighting Harford County

County Seat: 

Bel Air  1773 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bel Air  

 

Location:  20 West Courtland Street / South Main Street

Built:  1858 – 1859

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J Crawford Neilson of Baltimore

Contractor:  Frank Barr

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and wood structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bel Air. The northeast front has a projecting section at the center with recessed framed entrance and large arched window on the second story. Above is a pediment at the roof line. The windows are arched. On the center of the hipped roof is a square open cupola. The building was remodeled in 1905 with the addition of the front section. The architect was John A Dempwolf of York Pennsylvania. On the southwest side is the new courthouse which is connected to the old courthouse.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Bel Air Courthouse Historic District

 

County Courthouse Annex – Bel Air  

 

 

Location:  20 West Courtland Street / South Bond Street

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a four story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Bel Air on the southwest side of the courthouse. The main entrance is on the north side of the northwest front where the building is connected to the old courthouse. The outer part of the roof is sloped. The building was renovated in 2018 to 2019. The contractor was Jeffrey Brown Contracting of Towson.

 

See:  The 3rd Judicial Circuit includes Baltimore County.

 

County District Court – Bel Air  

 

 

Location:  2 South Bond Street / Pennsylvania Avenue

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bel Air. The building is a “U” shape with the south wing extending further to the east. The entrance is at the north side of the south wing. The edge of the roof is sloped. The building is named as the Mary E W Risteau District Court & Multi Service Center. The building is being renovated in 2013.

 

History:  The county was created in 1773 and Bel Air was selected as the county seat. The first court met at the store owned by Thomas Miller. The first courthouse was erected in 1791 having north and south wings built in 1830 and courtroom downstairs. The courthouse burned in 1858. The second courthouse was built in 1859 to 1860 and is still standing. The Courthouse Annex was constructed in 1981 to 1983.

 

 

County Courthouse – Bel Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Annex – Bel Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court – Bel Air

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2013