LaPorte County

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Laporte

LaPorte County is named for the French word meaning “the door” or “the port”.

 

Created:  April 1, 1831

County Seat:

LaPorte  1832 – present

 

County Courthouse – LaPorte  

 

Location:  813 West Lincolnway / Michigan Avenue

Built:  1892 – 1894

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Brentwood S Tolan of Fort Wayne

Contractor:  Charles A Moses of Chicago, Illinois.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story Lake Superior Red Sandstone structure. The building projects from the main section on each side with the projections rising to separate peaked roofs. On the center of the roof is a large square clock tower with open arch and green peaked roof. The building has a 270 piece skylight, gilded friezes and at least 45 gargoyle faces throughout. On the north side is the three story concrete Courthouse Annex constructed in 2004. The architect was DLZ Indiana, LLC and the contractor was Larson-Danielson Construction Company, Inc.

 

Note:  The courthouse in Michigan City was designed by Mahurin & Mahurin and constructed by William Stillwell in 1909.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Lake Michigan and Berrien County, Michigan 

E – Saint Joseph County

S – Starke County

W – Porter County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008