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Jefferson County

Jefferson County is named for Thomas Jefferson, who was President of the United States from 1801 to 1809.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ontario, Canada and Saint Lawrence County

E – Lewis County

S – Oswego County

W – Lake Ontario and Ontario, Canada

 

Created:  March 28, 1805                       Map of New York highlighting Jefferson County

County Seat:

Watertown  1805 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Watertown  

 

Location:  195 Arsenal Street / Sherman Street

Built:  1862 – 1863

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Horatio Nelson White of Syracuse

Contractor:  John Hose of Herkimer and David Kieff.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story red brick and limestone trimmed structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Watertown. The building is square and set on high foundations. The north front has a projecting triple arched entrance with three arched windows on the second story. The northwest corner has a square red brick tower. The second story courtroom is now the Board of Legislators Chamber. There are horizontal cornices above the first story and along the roof line.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Old Jefferson County Courthouse

 

County Courthouse – Watertown  

 

 

Location:  163 Arsenal Street / Arcade Street

Built:  1999 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story glass, limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Watertown. The central section is a glass wall rising from the entrance to the flat roof line. Glass walls rise on the first and second stories of the east section. The west section is the old Post Office which has stone work on the first story and an overhanging eave at the flat roof line.

 

See:  The 5th Judicial District is located at 600 State Street in Syracuse and includes Herkimer County, Lewis CountyOneida CountyOnondaga County and Oswego County.  

 

History:  The county was created in 1805 and Watertown was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure on Coffeen Street built in 1807 to 1808 at a cost of $5,100. The courthouse was damaged by fire in 1817, was patched up and finally destroyed by fire in 121.  The second courthouse was built in 1821. The third courthouse was constructed in 1862 to 1863 and is still standing. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1999 to 2000.

 

County Administration Building – Watertown  

 

 

Location:  175 Arsenal Street / Sherman Street

Built:  1963 – 1964

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Parker-Soper

Contractor:  A Frederick & Sons

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a seven story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Watertown. The roof line is flat. The building was expanded in 1974 to 1975. The architect was Parker-Soper and the contractor was Perfetto & Whaler Construction Corporation.

 

County Clerk’s Office – Watertown  

 

 

Location:  163 Arsenal Street / Sherman Street

Built:  1883 – 1884

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Watertown. The building is rectangular. Additions were made in 1933 and 1953.

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Watertown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Former courtroom

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Watertown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Watertown

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010