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Putnam County

Putnam County is named for Israel Putnam, who was an American Revolutionary War general.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dutchess County

E – Fairfield County, Connecticut

S – Westchester County and Rockland County

W – Orange County 


Created:  June 12, 1812                         Map of New York highlighting Putnam County

County Seat:

Carmel  1812 – present


Old County Courthouse – Carmel  


Location:  40 Gleneida Avenue / Highway 301

Built:  1814 – 1815

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  James Townsend

Contractor:  James Townsend


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story white colored wood frame structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Carmel. The northwest front has a large portico with four large white colored Corinthian columns. With pediment at the roof line. The central entrance is recessed. The windows have green colored shutters and the foundation is stone. The roof is hipped with a square white colored cupola. In 1847, the portico and columns were added. Jail wings were added in 1855 and 1907. The building was restored in 1925 to 1927 after a fire in 1924 destroyed the upper story. The contractor was George D Campbell. The building now houses county offices.


Note:  The original cost of construction was $4000. The courthouse is the second oldest courthouse in New York after the Fulton County courthouse.


County Courthouse – Carmel  



Location:  20 County Center Avenue / Highway 301

Built:  2005 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Preiss / Breismeister Architects

Contractor:  Worth Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a four story buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Carmel to the south of the old courthouse. The first story has white colored concrete siding. The west front has a large octagonal tower with arched entrance on the first story and large vertical window above. The windows are vertical and the green colored roof is hipped.  



Old County Courthouse – Carmel  



















County Courthouse – Carmel  









Photos taken 2014