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Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Office (Bayfield County Courthouse)

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1884, John Nader. 415 Washington Ave.
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)

This former courthouse is one the city’s most imposing buildings. The symmetrical building features a pedimented central pavilion with an arched entrance and pilasters made of smooth and rock-faced brownstone blocks. The courthouse showcased the region’s seven brownstone quarries, which by 1888 produced stone for buildings in Wisconsin and surrounding states. By the mid-1890s, Bayfield, the county seat since 1866, was eclipsed by the booming lumber and brownstone port of Washburn, whose citizens successfully maneuvered to relocate the county seat. During World War II, the former courthouse served as a German prisoner-of-war camp.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Apostle Islands National Lakeshore Office (Bayfield County Courthouse)", [Bayfield, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 297-297.

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