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Skagit County

Skagit County is named for the Skagit Native American tribe who resided in the region.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Whatcom County

E – Okanogan County and Chelan County

S – Snohomish County

W – Island County and San Juan County

 

Created:  November 28, 1883                Map of Washington highlighting Skagit County

County Seat: 

LaConner        1883 – 1884

Mount Vernon  1884 – present

 

County Courthouse – Mount Vernon 

 

Location:  205 Kincad Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1923 – 1925

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  T F Doan of Bellingham

Contractor:  Alexander & MacNeal Construction Company of Mount Vernon

 

Description:  The building  faces south and is a three story light red and buff colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Vernon. The south front has a large portico supported by four large columns with pediment above. There is a partial balustrade along the flat roof line. In the interior stairs ascend on the central north side. The large County Superior Court courtroom is located on the east side of the third story and has a high ceiling and ornate lamps on the high judge’s bench.. A courtroom is located on the west side of the third story and there are two more smaller courtrooms.  The building houses the County Superior Court. 

 

County Public Safety Building – Mount Vernon 

 

 

Location:  600 South 3rd Street / Kincad Street

Built:  1982 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  The NBBJ Group

Contractor:  Cobra Construction Company

 

Description:  The building  faces west and is a three story light red and buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Mount Vernon and runs along the east side of the courthouse. The west side has a recessed center section with glass entrance. The roof line is flat. In the interior are two County District Court courtrooms on the first story. The building is named as the Larry E Moller Skagit County Public Safety Building.

 

County Administration Building – Mount Vernon 

 

 

Location:  205 Kincad Street / South 3rd Street

Built:  1975 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Henry Klein & Associates

Contractor:  Nelse Mortensen & Company Inc.

 

Description:  The building  faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Mount Vernon and runs along the west side of the courthouse. The south side is rounded with no windows. The roof line is flat.

 

Old County Courthouse – Mount Vernon 

 

Location:  316 Pine Street / South 1st Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Classical Revival / Commercial

Architect:  W A Amms

Contractor:  R S Downer and William Peacock.

 

Description:  The building  faces northeast  and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Mount Vernon to the west of the courthouse. The rectangular shaped building has store fronts on the first story of the northeast and northwest sides. The entrance is located at the center of the northeast front. The second story has arched windows. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Matheson Building. The building served as the courthouse from 1893 to 1922. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1883 and LaConner was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure. In 1884, the county seat was moved to Mount Vernon, but the first courthouse continued to be used until the second courthouse was built in 1892 to 1893. The courthouse is still standing as the Matheson Building at South First Street and Pine Street. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1922 to 1923 at a cost of $244,844.

 

 

County Courthouse – Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court Courtroom 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court Courtroom 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Public Safety Building – Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Counrty District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Mount Vernon

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Complex Map

Photos taken 2006, 2009, 2016 and 2022