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Seward County

Seward County is named for William H Seward ( 1801-1872 ), senator from New York and leader of the anti-slavery wing of the Whig Party, and who served as Secretary of State arranging the purchase of Alaska.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Butler County

E – Lancaster County

S – Saline County

W – York County


Created:  January 26, 1856                                Location within the U.S. state of Nebraska

County Seat:

Seward  1856 – present


County Courthouse –  Seward  


Location:  529 Main Street / North 5th Street

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  George A Berlinghof of Beatrice

Contractor:  Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca, Iowa


Description:  The building faces south and is a three story Bedford Indiana limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Seward. Constructed with smooth faced limestone, the north front and south side have a large arch at the entrance on the first story with four Corinthian columns above and pediment at the roof line. The east and west sides have three arches of the first story, four Corinthian columns and a pediment at the top. There is a parapet on each corner of the building. On the center of the roof is an octagonal dome with red colored roof. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the sole staircase is located at the center of the north facade across from the entry. A large assembly room is located on the first story. Original features remain in hallways, including plaster capitals and moulding, terrazzo flooring, marble stairs, baseboards, and counters in offices, and metal balusters and newels topped with urns. The Commissioner’s Meeting Room which was the former County District Court courtroom is located on the south side of the third story. 


Note: During construction other contractors were L W Pomerene and Company of Lincoln for heating and plumbing at a cost of $6,100) and John Martz of Seward for electrical work at a cost of $775.


See:  The architect, George A Berlinghof of Beatrice, designed courthouses in Colfax County, Franklin County, Greeley County, Howard CountyKearney County, Lincoln CountyNemaha County and Thayer County; and in Iowa in Crawford County.


See:  The contractor, Marxen & Rokahr of Avoca, Iowa, also constructed the courthouse in Iowa in Crawford County.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Seward County Courthouse


County Justice Center –  Seward  



Location:  261 South 8th Street / Main Street

Built:  2016 – 2017

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Goldbeg Group Architects, PC

Contractor:  BCI Beckenhauer Construction Inc.


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southwest of the courthouse. The first story is below ground and is exposed along the west side. The second story is recessed and does not extend north. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the northeast side of the second story and the County Court courtroom is located on the northwest side of the second story. The building houses the County District Court and County Court of the 5th Judicial District. 


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Boone County, Butler CountyColfax CountyHamilton County, Merrick CountyNance County, Platte CountyPolk CountySaunders County and York County.     


History:  The county was created in 1856 and Seward was selected as the county seat in 1871. The first courthouse, which did not occupy the present courthouse square, was a frame structure built in 1872. Between 1879 to 1907, the county rented rooms for more fireproof storage space than the courthouse could provide. The second and present courthouse was constructed on 1905 to 1906 at a cost of $80,350. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2016 to 2017.



County Courthouse – Seward











Commissioner’s Meeting Room ( former courtrom )









Former County District Court courtroom in 2009



County Justice Center – Seward













County District Court courtroom











County Court courtroom













Photos taken 2009 and 2023