Limestone, granite, and marble were often the materials of choice for courthouses, but for Bayfield County’s courthouse locally quarried Chequamegon brownstone seemed most appropriate. Architects from Minneapolis created a dramatic portico for this grand Beaux-Arts classical building, where four colossal Corinthian columns support a frieze and a pediment. A narrow cupola with a lantern rises high above the roof. Within the portico, a tall Palladian window above the entrance door is fronted by a wrought-iron balcony. As the two-story courthouse rises from an elevated foundation, the walls feature different stonework patterns to define each level. The central section of the facade has a different pattern of brick-sized rusticated stones, which sets it off from the other walls.
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Bayfield County Courthouse
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