Porter County is named for David Porter, who was a Commodore during the War of 1812.
Created: February 7, 1835
Valparaiso 1836 – present
County Courthouse – Valparaiso
Location: 16 East Lincoln Way / South Washington Street
Built: 1883 – 1885
Style: Second Empire and Neo-Classical
Architect: J C Cochrane of Chicago, Illinois
Contractor: J D Wilson
Description: The building faces north and is a three story rectangular light colored stone structure. The north and south sides have porticos supported by six columns with an iron balustrade balcony at the second story. The third story is recessed with a clock in the center. The base is darker colored stone. The building used to have a stone tower. The building was remodeled in 1934 after a fire.
County Administration – Valparaiso
Location: 155 Indiana Avenue / South Washington
Built: 1991 – 1993
Architect: Design Organization Inc. and Pierce-Bone-Valavanis-Ritter-Wolf
Contractor: Hagerman Construction Corporation
Description: The building faces north and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The building consists of a southeast rectangular section and a northwest rectangular section with high center connecting tower. The tower has a glass entrance with glass panels on the second story. The roof line is flat.
N – Lake Michigan
S – Jasper County
W – Lake County
Photos taken 2008