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Washington County Courthouse - Washington, KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.
N 39° 49.081 W 097° 03.046
14S E 666832 N 4409376
Quick Description: Art Deco, 5th courthouse for this county.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/16/2019 7:11:51 AM
Waymark Code: WM10JJD
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote
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Long Description:

County of courthouse: Washington County
Location of courthouse: C St., between E. 2nd St. & E. 3rd St., Washington
Built: 1932-34
Architect: Overend and Boucher, Wichita
Built: Blaser and Vollmer Construction Company, Wichita

"The Washington County Courthouse (c. 1932- 1934) is a two-story, rectangular Art Deco building constructed of Bedford limestone. Two-story, square towers project from each corner of the building. The courthouse maintains a western facade orientation, it measures 102' from north to south and 94' from east to west. An above grade basement provides useable office space in the lower level. A watertable projects from the building, providing further definition for the above grade windows. Standing in the center of the 2.5 acre public square, the courthouse is situated on the site of the previous courthouse.

"As an example of the Art Deco style, the Washington County Courthouse is characterized by linear and angular features. Its smooth stone walls are decorated with stylized geometric motifs done both in stone and metal. Simple cubic forms and flat surfaces provide the basis for applied stylistic ornament that is normally in very low relief with a flat front plane.

"The Art Deco style is characterized by linear and angular features, where smooth stone walls are often decorated with stylized geometric motifs done both in stone and metal. Simple cubic forms and flat surfaces provide the basis for applied stylistic ornament that is normally in very low relief with a flat front plane. Favored motifs are zigzags, chevrons and geometries as well as floral and vegetal patterns. The style was popularized by the Paris Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs et Industrieles Modernes of 1925 and was widely used in architecture during the 1930s, including skyscraper designs such as the Chrsysler Building in New York.

"The courthouse cost $102,000 to build and furnish. The architectural firm of Overend and Boucher received $3,469.33 for their design services. The Wichita construction firm of Blaser and Vollmer were selected to construct the building and received $70,078.75 for their services. H. J. Hall of Wichita was paid $1,358 for wiring; MooreRobertson Company of Wichita was paid $8414.79 for plumbing and heating; the cost for lumber and labor was $1,828.65; furniture, fixtures and floor coverings cost $14,672.57; Washington Gas and Electric was paid $2,012.91 for electrical fixtures; and $165 was paid for the cornerstone." ~ NRHP Nomination Form

Style: Art Deco

Structure Type: Government

Architect: Overend and Boucher

Date Built: 1934

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