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Rensselaer County

Rensselaer County is named for Kiliaen Van Rensselaer, who was the original Dutch owner of the land in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Washington County

E – Bennington County, Vermont and Berkshire County, Massachusetts

S – Columbia County

W – Albany County and Saratoga County


Created:  March 24, 1791                       Map of New York highlighting Rensselaer County

County Seat:

Troy  1791 – present


County Courthouse – Troy


Location:  80 Second Street / Congress Street

Built:  1894 – 1898

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Marcus Cummings and Frederick Cummings of Troy

Contractor:  Charles Duncan


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story gray colored granite stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Troy. The west front has three large arches on the first story. Six columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with large pediment at the roof line The roof line is flat with a balustrade running along the edge of the roof. The interior has a high rotunda with stain glass ceiling at the center.  An addition was added in 1915 on the south side. In 1965 to 1967, a further addition was constructed on the east side. The building was restored in 1996 to 2000. The architect was John G Waite.


County Courthouse Annex – Troy



Location:  86 Second Street / Ferry Street

Built:  1830 – 1833

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Farquhar Mcrae.

Contractor:  Farquhar Mcrae.


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story cream colored stone structure. The building is located on the south side of the courthouse in the center of Troy. Originally built as the Second Street Presbyterian Church, the building was remodeled in 1913 as the Courthouse Annex. The windows on are arched. At the southwest corner is a high square tower with clock. The interior has a large two story County Supreme Court courtroom. When converted in 1911 to 1913, the architect was William H Demers and Thomas R Campaign. The building was connected to the courthouse in 1915.


County Courthouse Annex – Troy



Location:  105 Third Street / Congress Street

Built:  1965 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Harrison & Moro

Contractor:  Corina Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story cream colored concrete and stone structure. The building is located on the east side of the courthouse in the center of Troy. The building is a rectangular shape and has vertical concrete dividers between the windows. There is a stone base and the roof line is flat. The building is named as the Frank J Merola Building. 


See:  The 3rd Judicial District 3 is located at Castleton-On-Hudson and includes Albany CountyColumbia CountyGreene CountySchoharie CountySullivan County and Ulster County.



County Courthouse – Troy





















County Supreme Court courtroom









County Courthouse Annex – Troy







County Supreme Court courtroom







County Courthouse Annex – Troy





Photos taken 2006 and 2014