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Bayfield County Courthouse

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1894, Orff and Joralemon. 117 E. 5th St.
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)
  • (Kristin Anderson)

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.

Writing Credits

Marsha Weisiger et al.


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Marsha Weisiger et al., "Bayfield County Courthouse", [Washburn, Wisconsin], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Buildings of Wisconsin

Buildings of Wisconsin, Marsha Weisiger and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2017, 298-298.

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