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Schuylkill County

Schuylkill County is named for the Schuylkill River which is named for the Dutch word meaning “hidden river”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Northumberland CountyColumbia County and Luzerne County

E – Carbon County and Lehigh County

S – Berks County

W – Lebanon County and Dauphin County

 

Created:  March 1, 1811                         Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Schuylkill County

County Seat:

Orwigsburg  1811 – 1850

Pottsville      1850 – present

 

 County Courthouse – Pottsville

 

Location:  401 North Second Street / Sanderson Street

Built:  1891 – 1892

Style:  Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival

Architect:  Milton Earl Beebe of Buffalo, New York

Contractor:  R B Taylor of Butler.

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a five story Queen Anne and Romanesque Revival style structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1893. The building is located on a hill overlooking the center of Pottsville. The building is constructed with Cleveland (Ohio) sandstone and has a central projecting section with entrance and large fanlight on the first story. At the roof line is a pediment. The corner sections project and rise to white colored spires. There are dormers along the hipped roof. On the center of the roof is a large square tower with large clock at the top. An addition was constructed in 1933. The architect was Eric Fisher Wood. On the north side is the old stone County Jail.

 

See:  The architect, Milton Earl Beebe of Buffalo, New York, also designed courthouses in Minnesota in Hubbard County and in Pennsylvania in Cambria County, Huntingdon County and Warren County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1811 and Orwigsburg was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1815 at a cost of $5,000. The county seat was moved to Pottsville in 1850. The second courthouse was built in 1850 to 1851 at a cost of $30,000. The courthouse was demolished when the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 at a cost of $320,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Pottsville  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Pottsville  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2015