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Walla Walla County

Walla Walla County is named for the Walla Walla Native American Tribe who resided in the area.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Franklin County 

E – Columbia County

S – Umatilla County, Oregon

W – Benton County 

 

Created:  April 25, 1854                         Map of Washington highlighting Walla Walla County

County Seat: 

Walla Walla  1854 – present

 

County Courthouse –  Walla Walla 

 

Location:  315 West Main Street / South 5th Avenue

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Henry Osterman & Subert

Contractor:  J B Sweatt

 

Description:  The building  faces northwest and is a three story gray colored Indiana limestone  structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Walla Walla. The northwest front has a large portico with two columns rising to the top of the second story and with a large header above which rises above the roof line. A balustrade runs along the roof line. In the interior, the marble staircase rises to the second story and continues halfway to the third story before separating, turning back and continuing on to the third story where the two County Superior Court courtrooms are located. The building houses the County Superior Court. On the south side is the red colored brick County Jail built in 1906. In 1982, a new jail was constructed behind the courthouse. On the north side is the Hall of Records built in 1891.

 

History:  The county was created in 1854 and Walla Walla was selected as the county seat. In 1867 the building owned by S Linkton on the corner of Alder and Third Streets was purchased as the first courthouse. The second courthouse was designed by F P Allen of Allen & Simpson and built by J R Addison in 1881 at a cost of $44,540. The courthouse was demolished when the third and present courthouse was constructed in 1915 to 1916 at a cost of $143,157.

 

County Building –  Walla Walla 

 

 

Location:  314 West Main Street / North 5th Avenue

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Buffalo Design

Contractor:  Opp & Seiboldt General Construction, Inc.

 

Description:  The building  faces northeast and is a two story stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Walla Walla on the west side of the courthouse.

 

County District Courthouse –  Walla Walla 

 

 

Location:  317 West Rose Street / North 5th Avenue

Built:  1960 – 1961

Style:  Modern Commercial

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building  faces north and is located on landscaped grounds to the north of the courthouse in the center of Walla Walla. The building was a former car dealership purchased by the county in 1992 and converted for use as a courthouse. The building houses the County District Court.

 

 

County Courthouse – Walla Walla

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Superior Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

Picture 1881 County Courthouse

 

 

County Jail – Walla Walla

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Building – Walla Walla

 

 

Photos taken 2009 and 2016