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Oneida County

Oneida County is named for the Oneida Native America tribe.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lewis County

E – Herkimer County

S – Otsego County and Madison County

W – Oswego County


Created:  March 15, 1798                       Map of New York highlighting Oneida County

County Seat:

Rome           1798 – present   ( shares seat )

Whitestown  1801 – 1853

Utica            1853 – present   ( shared seat )


County Courthouse – Utica 


Location:  200 Elizabeth Street / Charlotte Street

Built:  1908 – 1910

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Olin W Cotter and Alfred C Turner

Contractor:  Conners Brothers Construction Company


Description:  The building faces north and is a five story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building has an extended center section on the north and south with three high arched windows. The next section also extends from the main building. The entrance is at the southeast corner. The roof line is flat. The building was remodeled in 2003. The contractor was Greg Grate.


Note:  The Whitestown Courthouse was built in 1807 and is now the Town Hall of Whitesboro on the north side of Utica.


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


County Administration Building – Utica 




Location:  800 Park Avenue / Mary Street

Built:  1967 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Edmund J Booth

Contractor:  Vincent J Smith Inc. of Johnson City


Description:  The building faces east and is a ten story concrete and glass structure. Vertical dividers run between the windows. The first story of the rectangular building is recessed. The roof line is flat.


County Courthouse – Rome



Location:  302 North James Street / Court Street

Built:  1849 – 1851

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Daniel Prince

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story orange-red colored brick structure. The south front has a large portico supported by four high columns with pediment above. A wide horizontal band runs below the roof line with overhanging eave. On the center of the roof is a round dome with small round windows and with rounded roof.  An addition was added in 1874. Another addition was added in 1897. The architect was Jacob Agne, Jr. The wings were added to the building in 1902. The architect was F W Kirkland.


Note:  The courthouse built in 1808, burned in 1848. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $12,000.


Old County Courthouse – Whitesboro



Location:  8 Park Avenue / Clinton Street

Built:  1806 – 1807

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  John Hooker

Contractor:  Jonas Platt, Abraham Camp and William G Stone


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story red colored brick and timber frame structure. The northeast front has a central entrance. The building has a stone foundation. The design of the five-bay façade is emphasized toward the center by four two story pilasters terminating at the top by wood cornices. Equally appealing is the triangular pediment which joins the roof. Atop the roof is an octagonal white colored cupola flanked by a large chimney on either end of the building. 


Note:  The building served as courthouse until 1853 when the county seat was moved to Utica and the property reverted to the heirs of Hugh White. In 1860, the property was re-donated to the Town of Whitestown and Village of Whitesboro.



County Courthouse – Utica    









County Administration Building – Utica









County Courthouse – Rome













Old County Courthouse – Whitesboro













Photos taken 2010 and 2017