Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois)

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Franklin County Jail
Old Franklin County Jail in Benton.jpg
Front and side of the old jail
Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois) is located in Illinois
Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois)
Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois) is located in the US
Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois)
Location 209 W. Main Street, Benton, Illinois
Coordinates 38°0′15″N 88°54′58″W / 38.00417°N 88.91611°W / 38.00417; -88.91611Coordinates: 38°0′15″N 88°54′58″W / 38.00417°N 88.91611°W / 38.00417; -88.91611
Area Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)
Architect J.R. Royer, R.Z. Gill
Architectural style Classical Revival
NRHP reference # 99000111[1]
Added to NRHP February 5, 1999

The Franklin County Jail, located at 209 W. Main St. in Benton, is the former county jail of Franklin County, Illinois. The jail was built in 1905–06 to replace the county's previous jail, which was built in the 1840s after the county seat moved to Benton. Architect Joseph W. Royer designed the jail; the brick building features limestone trim, a hip roof with gabled dormers, and a front porch which was rebuilt in 1997. The building also included the county sheriff's residence, an arrangement which allowed for the sheriff to continuously watch the prisoners. The jail housed prisoners until 1990, when a new jail was constructed after the State of Illinois condemned the old building. The Franklin County Historic Preservation Society has since converted the old jail to a historic museum.[2]

The jail building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1999. It is one of three listed properties in Franklin County. The other two are the Sesser Opera House, in Sesser and the West Frankfort City Hall, in West Frankfort.[1]

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