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Chippewa County Courthouse

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1877, William Scott; 1904 addition, R. C. Sweatt; 1988–1989 restoration, Lincoln A. Poley. Bounded by Maple, Spruce, and Court sts. and Bingham Ave.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Designed by an English-born Detroit architect who resided in Windsor, Ontario, the courthouse is in the Second Empire style. The seven-bay, two-story courthouse is arranged symmetrically with a pedimented projecting central pavilion containing a two-tiered clock tower with a convex mansard roof. The external walls are limestone from Drummond Island trimmed with Marquette brown sandstone. This impressive heroic courthouse speaks to the confidence and optimism of the citizens of the Sault in the late nineteenth century.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Chippewa County Courthouse", [Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Michigan

Buildings of Michigan, Kathryn Bishop Eckert. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2012, 549-549.

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