The Jefferson County (Washington) Courthouse

Bryan Spellman

Plains, United States

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Featured in the group Exploring America, March 3rd, 2019
Featured in the group A Place to Call Home, March 20th, 2019.

A pamphlet available to visitors tells us:

“Approved for construction in 1890 by the Jefferson County Commissioners, the Romanesque style courhouse, brainchild of Seattle architect W.A. Ritchie, was let out to contractors at an estimated cost of $150,000.00. Reportedly $117,600.00 was designated for the building and $17,287.00 for the jail in 1892, which was located in the South half of the bsement. John Rigby, Bldg. Contractor, and C.P. Wakeman, Supt. of Construction, were the contraactors.”

The pamphlet goes on to talk about the bricks which were shipped from St. Louis, the sandstone brought in from Alaska, and the clock and bell, both built by the E. Howard Watch & Clock Company of Boston.

The addition of electricity in 1912 allowed for the illumination of the clock and also significantly reduced the work necessary to wind the clock, a chore that originally took two men half a day to do. Today, winding the clock requires “only” fifteen minues. I’m not sure if that includes the time spent getting to the winding mechanism, and then back down again.

Taken October 24th, 2016 in Port Townsend, Jefferson County, Washington, USA, as part of my coffee table book project, Evergreen: A Photographic Portrait of Washington’s Thirty-Nine Counties.

Nikon D7100 dslr, Nikkor 16-85 mm lens set at 22 mm. ISO 500, f /13.0, 1/25th second. Shot in RAW format, finished in Lightroom Classic CC and Photoshop CC 2019.

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