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Keweenaw County Courthouse and Sheriff's Residence and Jail

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1866 courthouse, 1886 sheriff's residence and jail, John B. Sweatt; 1925 remodeled, Hampson Gregory(?). 5095 and 5105 4th St., bounded by 4th, E. Main, 3rd, and Pine sts.
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)
  • (Photograph by Balthazar Korab)

Like a meetinghouse on a New England public square and enclosed by a three-foot-high public wall on the east and south sides stands this courthouse complex. The original simple frontier buildings were designed and constructed by Sweatt, but were transformed in 1925 into their present stark white classical appearance. The courthouse for this sparsely populated and remote county is remarkable in its formality and its classically inspired motifs. These include a projecting pedimented portico supported by giant Doric columns with fillets and bases, a modillioned cornice, and pedimented side dormers. The sheriff's residence and jail is similarly treated.

Writing Credits

Kathryn Bishop Eckert


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Kathryn Bishop Eckert, "Keweenaw County Courthouse and Sheriff's Residence and Jail", [, 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, 494-494.

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