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Marion County

Marion County is named for Francis Marion, who was a general in the American Revolutionary War and who lived from 1732 to 1795.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Yamhill County and Clackamas County

E – Wasco County and Jefferson County

S – Linn County 

W – Polk County and Yamhill County


Created:  February 17, 1887                  Map of Oregon highlighting Marion County

County Seat: 

Salem  1887 – present


County Courthouse – Salem 


Location: 100 High Street / State Street

Built:  1952 – 1954

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Pietro Belluschi and Skidmore, Owings and Merrill of Portland

Contractor:  Viesko & Post


Description:  The building  faces west and is a five story concrete, marble and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Salem. The west front has a porch on the first story supported by concrete pillars and with a recessed glass entrance. The windows are horizontal. There is a north and south one story wing with a second story smaller wing adjoining the main building. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the Third Judicial District. A parking structure was built in 1978. The contractor was Pence-Kelly Construction, Inc.of Salem.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by William W Piper and Elwood M Burton and constructed by Wilbur E Boothbay in 1873.


County Administration Building – Salem 



Location:  555 Court Street / High Street

Built:  1999 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Arbuckle Costic Architects Inc. of Salem

Contractor:  Pence/Kelly Construction, Inc. of Salem


Description:  The building  faces south and is a five story red colored brick structure. The building is called the Courthouse Square Transit Mall and is located in the center of Salem. The first story has recessed walls. The central entrance has a recessed section with large glass sections on either side. The roof line is flat. The Project Manager was Melvin Mark Development Company.


See:  Located in the county is the Oregon Supreme Court.



County Courthouse – Salem











County Administration Building





Photos taken 2012 and 2015