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Merrimack County

Merrimack County is named for the Merrimack River which is named after the Native American word “merruasquamack” meaning “swift water place”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grafton County and Belknap County

E – Strafford County and Rockingham County

S – Hillsborough County

W – Sullivan County and Grafton County

 

Created:  1823                                                                            Map of New Hampshire highlighting Merrimack County

County Seat: 

Concord  1823 – present

 

County Courthouse – Concord

 

Location:  163 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  Joshua L Foster

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the north of the center of Concord.  A protruding cornice runs below the roof line. On the east front the center section projects from the main building. There is an arched entrance on the first story.  A new addition with main entrance is on the west side. The building was originally the City Hall and in 1904 the County become the sole owner. The building was remodeled in 1907. The County Superior Court courtroom is located on the second story. The architect was George S Forrest of Concord. The building was renovated in 1981. The architect was Dudley, Walsh & Moyer, Inc. of Concord and the contractor was A P Whitaker & Sons, Inc. of Bridgewater, Massachusetts.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Merrimack County Courthouse

 

New County Courthouse – Concord

 

 

Location:  163 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  2017 – 2019

Style:  Modern

Architect:  C N Carley Associates Architects & Planners

Contractor:  Milestone Engineering & Construction, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the west side of the courthouse in the center of Concord. The east front has glass panel walls with the entrance on the south side. The roof line is flat. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1823 and Concord was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1790 as the City Hall and in 1823 the second story was built to house the courtroom and county office. The second courthouse was built in 1855 to 1857 at a cost of $56,000 and also served as the City Hall. In 1906, the City moved and the building was remodeled in 1907 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2017 to 2019.

 

Former County Administration – Concord

 

 

Location:  163 North Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1856 – 1857

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Guy K C Wilson

Contractor:  Bonnet, Page & Stone Corporation

 

Description:  The building faced south and was a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building was located on the east sude of the courthouse and was demolished in 2018. .

 

District Courthouse – Concord

 

 

Location:  32 Clinton Street / Princeton Street

Built:  1990 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lavallee/Brensinger Professional Association

Contractor:  Mergansee Corporation

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the southwest of the center of Concord. The east front has a porch on the first story with four columns and recessed entrance. The south side of the east front projects from the main building and rises to a wide pediment at the roof line. Narrow horizontal bands run above the first story windows and second story windows.

 

See:  The New Hampshire Supreme Court is located in Concord.

 

Other Branch Courthouse

 

Franklin

 

 

County Courthouse – Concord

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New County Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former Administration Building

 

 

 

 

 

 

District Courthouse

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2014 and 2018