McLean County is named for John McLean, who was a United States Representative and a United States Senator from Illinois from 1824 to 1825 and 1829 to 1830.
Created: December 25, 1830
Bloomington 1831 – present
Old County Courthouse – Bloomington
Location: 200 North Main Street / Washington Street
Built: 1901 – 1903
Style: Classical Revival
Architect: William Reeves & John M Bailie of Peoria
Contractor: Peoria Stone & Marble Works
Description: The building faces east and is a three story gray colored stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a projecting portico with three large arches on the first story and four columns rising from the second story to a pediment at the roof line. There is a balustrade along the flat roof line. On the center of the building is a dome with small cupola at the top. The building was destroyed by a fire in 1903 and rebuilt. The architect was George Miller, Paul Moratz and A L Pillsbury of Bloomington. The building now houses the McLean County Museum of History.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed by Alfred Piquenard and built in 1868.
County Courthouse – Bloomington
Location: 104 West Front Street / Main Street
Built: 1976 – 1977
Architect: Lundeen, Hilfinger and Ashbury
Contractor: Felmey-Dickerson Company.
Description: The building faces north and is a six story concrete and glass structure. The building is called the Law and Justice Center. The north center section projects from the main building and has vertical glass windows. On the first story is a canopy supported by concrete pillars. White colored horizontal concrete bands are located on the upper sections. The roof line is flat. The building was remodeled from 1988 to 1990. The architect was Hilfinger, Ashbury, Abels and Asociates and the contractor was River City Construction Company. The building was renovated from 1996 to 1997. The architect was Shive-Hattery, Inc and the contractor was P J Hoerr Inc.
County Administration – Bloomington
Location: NW - Front Street / East Street
Description: The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. the roof line is flat. The building is the McLean County Government Center.
Old County Courthouse
Photos taken 2010