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Cheshire County Courthouse is located in New Hampshire
Cheshire County Courthouse
Location in New Hampshire
Cheshire County Courthouse is located in the United States
Cheshire County Courthouse
Location in the United States
Location 12 Court St., Keene, New Hampshire
Area less than one acre
Built 1858–59
Built by Bullard, Joel
Architect Bryant, Gridley James Fox
NRHP reference No. 78000210
Added to NRHP December 13, 1978

The Cheshire County Courthouse, located at 12 Court Street in Keene, New Hampshire, is the center of government of Cheshire County, New Hampshire. Completed in 1859 to a design by Gridley James Fox Bryant, it is believed to be the oldest courthouse in regular use in the state. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places on December 13, 1978.

Description and history

The Cheshire County Courthouse occupies a prominent position just off downtown Keene's Central Square, at the northwest corner of Court and Winter streets. It is a two-story masonry structure, built out of red brick and set on a rusticated granite foundation. The main facade is five bays wide on the ground floor and three on the second, with round-arch windows set in each bay except where the main entrance is located. The entrance is at the center of the facade, fronted by a hip-roof portico supported by paired square columns on either side of a round-arch entry. The upper floor corners are pilastered, and the central bay projects slightly, housing a large window set in a paneled recess. The main roof features a bracketed cornice, and is topped by an octagonal belfry with a weather vane.

Construction on the courthouse began in 1858, and it was first used in 1859. It was built on the site of an early records storage building, whose stone foundation may have been partly reused in construction of this building. The building was designed by Gridley James Fox Bryant, an architect from Boston, Massachusetts, who was well known for his many civic designs. The exterior of the building is virtually unaltered, and the interior is also little altered, mainly to provide modern amenities such as plumbing and electricity.

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