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Kanawha County

Kanawha County is named for the Kanawha River which name is derived from the American Native term meaning “place of white stone”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County and Roane County

E – Clay County and Fayette County

S – Raleigh CountyBoone County and Lincoln County

W – Putnam County


Created:  October 1, 1789                      Map of West Virginia highlighting Kanawha County

County Seat: 

Fort Lee      1789 – 1796

Charleston  1796 – present


County Courthouse – Charleston


Location:  407 Virginia Street East / Court Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Shief & Highnam of Richmond, Virginia

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story sandstone  structure. The building is “L” shaped with the north section along Virginia Street and the east section along Court Street. The building is constructed of locally quarried grey limestone and has two square stone towers on either side of the eastern section of the north front. The towers have open arched windows with steep red roofs above. The central entrance is arched with stone. On the second story there are five open arches with recessed windows. The second unit was constructed in 1917 along Kanawha Boulevard on the south side. The architect was H Rus Warne and the contractor was Central Engineering Company. In 1924 an addition was added to the main courthouse and extended west along Virginia Street. The architect was Warne, Tucker & Patterson and the contractor was Wallace Knight Construction.


Note:  The cost of construction was $135,000.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Kanawha County Courthouse


County Judicial Building – Charleston



Location:  111 Court Street / Virginia Street East

Built:  1981 – 1983

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Gandee Thomas & Sprouse of Charleston

Contractor:  Kenhill Management Company of Charleston


 Description:  The building faces east and is a seven story polished stone, concrete and glass structure. The east front has a one story section with recessed entrance. Behind rises the main building which has horizontal windows and a flat roof line.







County Courthouse – Charleston















Photos taken 2012