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Dutchess County

Dutchess County is named for Lady Anne Hyde, who was the Dutchess of York and wife of King James II of England.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Columbia County

E – Berkshire County, Massachusetts. Litchfield County, Connecticut and Fairfield County, Connecticut

S – Putnam County

W – Orange County and Ulster County 


Created:  November 1, 1683                  Map of New York highlighting Dutchess County

County Seat:

Poughkeepsie  1683 – present


County Courthouse – Poughkeepsie  


Location:  10 Market Street / Main Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  William Beardsley

Contractor:  Campbell & Dempsey


Description:  The building faces east and is a five story brick and stone structure. The building is located in the center of Poughkeepsie. The first story is faced with gray colored stone. The upper stories are red colored brick. The east front has a large central arch with recessed entrance. There are vertical stone pilasters and the corners of the building have stone trim. There are central gabled dormers on the east and south sides of the roof.


See:  The architect, William J Beardsley of Poughkeepsie , designed courthouses in Chautaqua CountyFranklin County,,Greene County and Sullivan County


Note:  The first courthouse was built in Poughkeepsie in 1720 and burned in 1806. The second courthouse was built in 1809.


County Office Building – Poughkeepsie 



Location:  22 Market Street / Main Street

Built:  1963 – 1965

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of Poughkeepsie on the south side of the courthouse. The east front has vertical concrete dividers between groups of horizontal windows. The first story entrance is located towards the south with canopy above. The roof line is flat.



County Courthouse – Poughkeepsie























County Office Building – Poughkeepsie



Photos taken 2014