Benton County Courthouse
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
N 44° 33.913 W 123° 15.700
10T E 479221 N 4934686
Quick Description: Oldest Oregon courthouse still used for it original purpose.
Location: Oregon, United States
Date Posted: 4/12/2006 12:31:18 PM
Waymark Code: WMAAM
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Volcanoguy
Views: 47

Long Description:
Benton County Courthouse

Built in 1888-89, the Benton County Courthouse it the oldest in Oregon still being used for its original purpose.
The courthouse was designed by Delos D. Neer, a prominent Portland Architect. In a style he described as resembling “an Italian villa with a military influence.”
Local stone and brick went into the structure, which cost less than $70,000 to build and furnish.
On Nov. 4, 1889, Judge R. S. Bean presided over the first circuit court session under its roof.
Thanks to a dramatic remodeling in the late 1970s, the courthouse today looks much as it did in its early years. Many authentic furnishings and architectural details have been preserved or restored, making the courthouse a showcase of Benton County history and architecture.
In 1968, the Benton County Courthouse was named an Oregon Historic Site, and in 1977 was nominated to the National Register of Historic Places.



Historic Topic: Pioneer

Group Responsible for placement: County Government

Marker Type: City

Region: Willamette Valley

County: Benton

Web link to additional information: [Web Link]

State of Oregon Historical Marker "Beaver Board": Not listed

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