Lee County is named for Richard Henry Lee, who was an orator and statesman of the American Revolutionary War.
Created: February 27, 1839
Dixon 1839 – present
County Courthouse – Dixon
Location: 112 East 2nd Street / South Galena Avenue
Built: 1899 – 1901
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: Charles E Brush
Contractor: William J McAlpine
Description: The building faces north and is a three story gray stone structure. The building is located on the spacious landscaped grounds of Courthouse Square. The base has horizontal lines. A decorative cornice runs along the roof line. The north front of the building has three stone arches on the first story and four large columns rising from the second to the top of the third story. At the roof over the entrance is a high stone balustrade with ornamental decorations. In the center is a large dome with green colored roof.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1840 to 1841 by Samuel M Bowman on the northeast corner of East Third Street and Ottawa Avenue at a cost of $7,610. An addition was constructed in 1876 and the building was demolished in 1900. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $123,203.78.
County New Courts Building – Dixon
Location: 309 South Galena Avenue / West 3rd Street
Built: 1983 – 1984
Description: The building faces north and is a four story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located southwest of the courthouse. The entrance on the second story is located at the northeast corner. The building descends southwards down a slope. The roof line is flat.
N – Ogle County
E – DeKalb County
S – La Salle County
W – Whiteside County
County New Courts Building
Photos taken 2006 and 2008