La Salle County

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La Salle County is named for Robert de La Salle, a French explorer who navigated the length of the Mississippi River and claimed the Louisiana Territory for France.


Created:  January 15, 1831

County Seat:

Ottawa 1831 – present


Old County Courthouse – Ottawa


Location:  119 West Madison Street / La Salle Street

Built:  1881 – 1883

Style:  Renaissance

Architect:  Minard L Beers

Contractor:  T Colwell and H Colwell


Description: The building faces north and is a four story structure. The building has a large arched portico rising to the third story. Above is a clock. On the third and fourth stories, are high arched windows in the north section of the building. A decorative cornice follows the roof line.


County Courthouse – Ottawa




Location:  707 Etna Road / Cherie Lane

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Phillips Swager Associates Inc. of Peoria

Contractor:  J L Wroan & Sons, Inc.


Description: The building faces north and is a four story concrete, brick and glass box like structure. The building is faced with dark red brick. The central entrance has a glassed atrium. The windows form horizontal lines across the building. The roof line is flat.


See:  The architect  Phillips Swager Associates Inc. also designed Justice Centers in Rock Island County and Tazewell County.


See:  Illinois Appellate Court – Ottawa - Third District



N – Lee County and DeKalb County

E – Kendall County and Grundy County

S – Livingston County and Woodford County

W – Marshall County, Putnam County, Bureau County and Lee County











Photos taken 2007 and 2010