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Suffolk County

Suffolk County is named for the County of Suffolk in England.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Essex County

E – Atlantic Ocean

S – Plymouth County and Norfolk County

W – Norfolk County and Middlesex County


Created:  May 10, 1643                          Map of Massachusetts highlighting Suffolk County

County Seat: 

Boston  1643 – present


County Courthouse – Boston


Location:  Three Pemberton Square / Somerset Street

Built:  1936 – 1939

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Desmond & Lord

Contractor:  George A Fuller Company and David Cunningham Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a nineteen story buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the north side of the John Adams Courthouse. The east front has a stone framed entrance on the first story with grill-work above. Vertical; panels run below the windows. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 2006. The architect was Drummey Rosane Anderson and the contractor was W T Rich Company.


Juvenile Courthouse – Boston



Location:  24 New Chardon Street / Merrimac Street

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Kallmann, McKinnell & Wood Architects, Inc.

Contractor:  Dimeo-O’Connor / A Joint Venture.


Description:  The building faces east and is an eight story concrete and glass structure. The east front has a high rectangular tower with recessed central entrance on the first story. At the top are six columns with recessed windows. The windows are verical. The roof line is flat with an extended roof on either side. The building houses the Juvenile Court, Boston Housing Court, Land Court and Suffolk Probate and Family Court and Suffolk County Registry of Deeds and is named as the Edward W Brooke Courthouse. The building was renovated in 2005. The architect was Helmuth Obata + Kassabaum and the contractor was Whiting Turner Construction.


History:  The county was created in 1643 and Boston was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built on the site of the market place in 1658 and served as courthouse, market and colonial government building. The second courthouse was built in 1713 and is still standing as the “Old State House”. The third courthouse was three story brick structure built on Queen Street in 1768 to 1769. The fourth courthouse was designed by Charles Bulfinch and built on School Street in 1810 and called Johnson Hall. In 1840 the building was remodeled by Gridley J F Bryant for use as the City Hall and was later demolished in 1863. The fifth courthouse was a three story structure built on Court Street in 1836 to 1837. The building also housed the Supreme Court and was demolished in 1912. The sixth courthouse was constructed in 1893 and now houses the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court and the Massachusetts Appeals Court. The seventh and present courthouse was constructed in 1936 to 1939.


Note:  Located in the county is the Massachusetts Supreme Court / Appeals Court.


Other Branch Courthouses


Brighton   /  Charlestown   /   Chelsea /   Dorchester   /   East Boston   /   Roxbury   /   South Boston   /   West Roxbury



County Courthouse – Boston



























Photos taken 2017