LaGrange County

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LaGrange County is named for the home of Marie Joseph Paul Lafayette near Paris, France.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – St. Joseph County, Michigan and Branch County, Michigan

E – Steuben County

S – Noble County

W – Elkhart County

 

Created:  February 2, 1832                                                        Map of Indiana highlighting LaGrange County

County Seat:

Mongoquinong ( Lima )  1832 – 1844

LaGrange                       1844 – present

 

County Courthouse – LaGrange

 

Location:  105 North Detroit Street / West Spring Street

Built:  1878 – 1879

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Thomas J Tolan and Brentwood Tolan of Fort Wayne

Contractor:  Charles Boseker and John Begue

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick structure.  The buiding is located on landscaped grounds in the center of LaGrange. The east front has a small portico supported by two columns. On each corner of the building are square towers with mansard roofs. On the center of the roof is a large square brick clock tower with mansard roof and cupola at the top. The windows are narrow and arched. The interior stairs connecting the main floors are cast iron, and many of them are curved. The stairs from the Clerk’s office to the Court Room is a complete spiral. The Circuit Court Room occupies the entire east end of the second floor. Woodwork throughout the building is of walnut alternating with ash and windows have interior folding shutters. All window and door hardware is of cast brass in an attractive designs. The main and upper halls are floored with blocks of black and white colored marble in a diamond pattern. 

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – LaGrange County Courthouse

 

History:  The first county seat was:  Mongoquinong ( Lima ) in 1832. LaGrange was selected as the county seat in 1840 and the first courthouse was erected in 1843. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1878 to 1879 at a cost of $46,700.

 

 

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County Courthouse – LaGrange

 

 

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Photos taken 2008