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Coos County

Coos County is named for an Algonquin word meaning “small pines”.

 

Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Quebec, Canada 

E – Oxford County, Maine

S – Carroll County and Grafton County

W – Essex County, Vermont and Quebec, Canada 

 

Created:  October 24, 1803                                                        Map of New Hampshire highlighting Coos County

County Seat: 

Berlin         1803 – 1805

Lancaster  1805 – present

 

County Courthouse – Lancaster  

 

Location:  55 School Street / Main Street

Built:  1995 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Keith Hemingway

Contractor:  E F Wall & Associates

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Lancaster. The first story is faced with pink colored stone with the entrance portico having two square openings and a large opening on the south side. The center section projects with horizontal windows on the second and third stories with hipped roof with peak rising behind. The roof line is flat.

 

Old County Courthouse – Lancaster  

 

 

Location:  150 Main Street / School Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  H J Preston

Contractor:  Mead, Mason & Company.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Lancaster. The east front has a large square projecting tower with arch entrance on the first story, dual arched windows on the second story and large arched window on the third story. The roof of the tower is mansard. The building has arched windows on the first story and long arched windows on the second story. The roof is hipped. The courtroom was located on the second story. The building is now an office building.

 

History:  The county was created in 1803 and Lancaster was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was Colonel John Wilson’s store on Main Street. The first jail was built in 1806. The second courthouse was built by General John Wilson and Lieutenant Joseph Cady in 1831 at a cost of $1,800. The third courthouse was built in 1853 to 1894 at a cost of $17,000 with the county offices on the first story and the courtroom on the second story. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on November 5, 1886. The fourth courthouse was built in 1886 to 1887 and is still standing. The fifth courthouse was constructed in 1995 to 1997. In 1905 to 1906, a satellite courthouse was built in Berlin. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 2008 to 2009.

 

County Courthouse – Berlin

 

 

Location:  650 Main Street / Abenaki Street

Built:  2008 – 2009

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Alan McLain ( developer )

Contractor:  Dennis Herbert Inc. of Colebrook

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story gray-blue structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Berlin to the east of the old courthouse. The northwest front had a projecting center section with arched window on the second story and with one story porticos on each side supported by white colored columns. The building has siding with white colored trim. The roof is hipped. The building houses the Disrict Court.

 

Old County Courthouse – Berlin

 

 

Location:  220 Main Street / Mason Street

Built:  1905– 1906

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  John Spofford of Spofford and Eastman, Architects of Boston

Contractor:  A N Gilbert

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Berlin. The northwest front has a central one story portico supported by four columns. The center section of the building is recessed. Above the portico is a central window on the second story with single arched windows on either side. The projecting corner sections have small third story windows. Horizontal cornices run between the first and second stories and below the roof line. The roof is hipped. The foundation of the building is course stone. The building stands vacant.

 

 

County Courthouse – Lancaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Lancaster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Berlin

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Berlin

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014