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Hartford County


Hartford County is derived from “Hertford”, the birth place of Samuel Stone who established settlement with Thomas Hooker. Also derived from “hart”, or stag, standing in a “ford”, or stream.


County Courthouse Courthouses: 

N – Hampden County, Massachusetts

E – Tolland County

S – New London County, Middlesex County and New Haven County

W – New Haven County and Litchfield County


Created:  May 10, 1666                          Map of Connecticut highlighting Hartford County

County Seat: 

Hartford  1666 – present

Counties discontinued in 1960


Courthouse – Hartford


Location:  95 Washington Street /  Grand Street

Built:  1926 – 1929

Style:  Art Deco and Beaux Arts

Architect:  Paul P Cret of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Smith & Bassette of Hartford

Contractor:  E J Pinney Inc. of Springfield, Massachusetts


Description:  The building faces east and is a four story stone and concrete  structure. The rectangular building has vertical pilasters along the front with windows between. At the third story is a projecting ornamented eave with recessed fourth story above. The building contains 15 different kinds of marble from the soft St. Memy stone from the coast of Normandy in France to pink colored Tennessee marble. There are two open courtyards. The roof line is flat. The building now serves as the Hartford Judicial District Courthouse and is named the Richard D Tulisano Courthouse. The building is connected to the Criminal Courts Building by an overhead walkway on the northwest side.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed and built by John C Mead in 1885.


Criminal Courthouse – Hartford



Location:  101 Lafayette Street / Russ Street

Built:  1984 – 1986

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Carlin-Pozzi-Chin

Contractor:  Associated Construction.


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story brick and concrete  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds..The east front has a projecting center section on the second and third stories. The first story is recessed with central entrance. On the north and south sides, the windows are vertical. The roof line is flat. The building is named the Criminal Courts Building and is connected to the Courthouse by an overhead walkway on the southeast corner..


See:  Located in the county are the Connecticut Supreme Court and the Connecticut Appelate Court.


Other Branch Courthouses


Bristol  /  Enfield  /  Manchester  /  New Britain



Courthouse – Hartford



















Superior Court courtroom









Superior Cout courtroom



















Criminal Courthouse – Hartford











Superior Court courtroom





Photos taken 1999 and 2017