Franklin County Jail (Benton, Illinois)
Franklin County Jail
Front and side of the old jail
|Location||209 W. Main Street, Benton, Illinois|
|Area||Less than 1 acre (0.40 ha)|
|Architect||J.R. Royer, R.Z. Gill|
|Architectural style||Classical Revival|
|NRHP reference #||99000111|
|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.
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.
- National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
- Hargis, Lonna (September 30, 1998). "National Register of Historic Places Registration Form: Franklin County Jail" (PDF). National Park Service. Retrieved January 11, 2014.