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Saint Lawrence County

Saint Lawrence County is named for the Saint Lawrence River which forms the northern boundary of the county.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ontario, Canada and Quebec, Canada 

E – Franklin County

S – Hamilton CountyHerkimer CountyLewis County and Jefferson County

W – Ontatio, Canada

 

Created:  February 16, 1791                  Map of New York highlighting St. Lawrence County

County Seat:

Oswegatchie  1802 – 1804

Ogdensburg   1804 – 1828

Canton           1828 – present

 

County Courthouse – Canton

 

Location:  48 Court Street / Judson Street

Built:  1893 – 1895

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  James P Johnson of Ogdensburg

Contractor:  Evans & Ackerman of Binghamton

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray colored Gouveneur ashlar stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the east side of the center of Canton and is the southerly section with the Clerk’s Office and New Addition on the north side. The west front has a projecting center section with three large red colored Potsdam sandstone arches on the first story with three arched windows on the second story rising to a peak with the Scales of Justice at the top. On the north side is a high five story tower with steep roof. On the south side is a rounded end. The baser of the building is red colored sandstone. In the interior is the large County Supreme Court courtroom.  In 1925, fire damaged the building but the exterior walls survived and the building was rebuilt. The architect was Samuel D P Williams and the contractor was Munn & Shea of Montreal, Quebec. On the southeast side is the County Jail and on the south is the Old Sheriff Residence.

 
See:  The 4th Judicial District is located at 101 State Farm Place in Malta and includes Clinton CountyEssex CountyFranklin County, Fulton CountyHamilton County, Montgomery County, Saratoga County, Schenectady County, Warren County and Washington County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1802 with the county seat at Oswegatchie. The first courthouse was one of the old stone buildings of the fort. In 1804 the county seat was moved to Ogdensburg and the second courthouse was a rectangular structure erected by Nathan Ford. In 1828 the county seat was moved to Canton and the third courthouse a stone structure was erected in 1829 to 1830 at a cost of $6,800.  An addition was added in 1851. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1893 to 1895. An annex was constructed in 1993 to 1994 at a cost of $7,000,000.

 

County Clerk’s Office – Canton

 

 

Location:  48 Court Street / Judson Street

Built:  1924 – 1925

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Samuel D P Williams

Contractor:  Munn & Shea of Montreal, Quebec

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray colored Gouveneur ashlar stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds with the courthouse along the south and the New Addition on the north side. An addition was constructed in 1958. The architect was Sargent-Webster-Crenshaw & Folley and the contractor was R D Golden.

 

County Courthouse Annex – Canton

 

 

Location:  48 Court Street / Judson Street

Built:  1993 – 1994

Style:  Modern Romanesque

Architect:  Einhorn, Yaffee and Prescott (EYP) of Albany

Contractor:  Murnane Building Contractors, Inc. of Plattsburgh.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story gray colored Gouveneur ashlar stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and is the northerly section of the courthouse complex.

 

 

County Courthouse – Canton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Supreme Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clerk’s Office – Canton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Addition – Canton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Jail – Canton

 

 

Old Sheriff Residence – Canton

Photos taken 2010 and 2018