CourthouseName: Jefferson County Courthouse
Year Built: 1891
Location: Jefferson St.
Area: Uptown Port Townsend

Approved for construction in 1890 by the Jefferson County Commissioners, the Romanesque style courthouse was designed by Seattle architect W. A. Ritchie, and built at an estimated cost of $150,000.00. The Jefferson County Courthouse Clock Tower was installed in November 1892. The original plans called for a tower 140 feet tall, but for some unknown reason the tower measures only 124 feet, 4 inches. The bell tower was retrofitted in 2006. The bell rings out every hour of the day.

You can download a Courthouse Building history (PDF) from Jefferson County here >>

Data modified from the National Register of Historic Places, the former Victorian Festival Heritage Home Tour, property owners and other sources. All material copyrighted by

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