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Northampton County

Northampton County is named for the County of Northampton in England.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Carbon County and Monroe County

E – Warren County, New Jersey

S – Bucks County

W – Lehigh County

 

Created:  October 14, 1751                    Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Northampton County

County Seat:

Easton  1751 – present

 

County Courthouse – Easton  

 

Location:  669 Washington Street / 7th Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ricci Greene Associates of New York, New York

Contractor:  Alvin H Butz of Allentown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a four story stone, glass and concrete structure. The building faces west and was completed in 2005. The west front has a round tower with stone facing and large glass windows and with pointed roof above. A glass atrium connects to the rectangular main building on the east side. The roof line is flat. Along the northeast side is the triangular Administration Building.

 

Old County Courthouse – Easton  

 

 

Location:  669 Washington Street / Walnut Street

Built:  1860 – 1861

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  C Graham

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story blue colored brick story structure. The building is located on hill in landscaped grounds. The north front has a large portico with five large white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. Above the pediment rises a high white colored tiered tower. The west wing and rear section were added in 1887. The architect was John M Stewart. The east wing was added in 1913. The architect was A W Leh In 1921, the west wing was further extended. The architect was Edward Bitting. In 1976, the building was attached to the Administration Building by a covered hallway. The building was renovated in 2011 to 2012. The architect was Artefact Inc. and the contractor was Alfero Company Inc. The building is connected to the courthouse on the south side. Along the east side is the Old County Jail.

 

History:  The county was created in 1752 and Easton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story limestone structure built by George Taylor in 1764 to 1766. The courthouse was fashioned after the plan of Carpenters Hall in Philadelphia. The second courthouse was constructed in 1860 to 1861 at a cost of $53,000. An annex was constructed in 1978 which became the third courthouse. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 2003 to 2005.

 

 

County Courthouse – Easton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Easton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Easton

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011