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Washington County

Washington County is named for George Washington, who was the first President of the United States from 1789 to 1797.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Beaver County and Allegheny County

E – Allegheny CountyWestmoreland County and Fayette County

S – Greene County

W – Marshall County, West Virginia, Ohio County, West Virginia, Brooke County, West Virginia and Hancock County, West Virginia

 

Created:  March 28, 1781                       Map of Pennsylvania highlighting Washington County

County Seat:

Washington  1781 – present

 

County Courthouse – Washington  

 

Location:  1 South Main Street / West Beau Street

Built:  1898 – 1900

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  F J Osterling of Pittsburgh

Contractor:  William Miller & Sons of Pittsburgh

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story buff colored limestone and concrete structure. The building sits on a low landscaped hill in the center of Washington. The east front has a large semicircular portico supported by four columns and with a balcony on the third story. The north and south sides have columned porches. On the center of the roof is a white colored large dome with statue of George Washington at the top. The interior has a wide rotunda rising to a skylight under the dome. There is a grand staircase. The County Court of Common Pleas courtroom is located on the second story with high ceiling. There are six courtrooms with the addition of a seventh courtroom. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas and County Orphan’s Court of the 27th Judicial District. On the west side is the Old County Jail built in 1899.

 

History:  The county was created in 1781 and Washington ( Basset ) was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a log structure built in 1787. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1794. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1842 at a cost of $25,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1898 to 1900 at a cost of $1,000,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Washington

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Court of Common Pleas courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Jail – Washington

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2011