Saint Joseph County is named for the Saint Joseph River, which was named for Saint Joseph, who is the patron saint of New France.
Created: April 1, 1830
St. Joseph 1830 – 1931
South Bend 1831 – present
County Courthouse – South Bend
Location: 101 South Main Street / West Washington Street
Built: 1896 – 1897
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Charles Allerton Coolidge of Boston, Massachusetts
Contractor: James Stewart & Company of St. Louis, Missouri.
Description: The building faces east and is a two story gray stone style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of South Bend. The east center section extends from the main building and has a small portico on the first story supported by four columns. At the top of the section is a pediment with clock. The windows on the second story are arched. On the center of the roof is a large dome.
Note: The first court met at the home of Alexis Coquillard in 1823. In 1832 a wood courthouse was built in downtown South Bend. In 1855, the second courthouse was constructed. In 1896, the courthouse was transported approximately thirty yards to the northwest using a system of rolling logs and pulleys. The third courthouse was constructed on the spot where the 1855 courthouse originally sat. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $240,000.
Old County Courthouse – South Bend
Location: 112 South Lafayette Boulevard / West Washington Street
Built: 1854 – 1855
Style: Greek Revival
Architect: John M Van Osdeland and Olmstead.
Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and stone rectangular structure. The building is located in the center of South Bend on the west side of the courthouse. The west front has a large portico with six columns rising to a wide pediment at the roof line. On the roof id a square wood cupola. The roof is hipped.
County Administration – South Bend
Location: 227 West Jefferson Boulevard / South Lafayette Boulevard
Built: 1967 – 1969
Architect: Maurer, Van Ryn, Ogden & Natali, Inc.
Description: The building faces south and is a fourteen story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of South Bend on the southwest side of the courthouse. The central tower is rectangular with a flat roof line. On the east and west are three story wings with recessed first story and vertical pillars. The building houses the County and City offices.
Note: The principal architect was Oliver H Ogden of South Bend.
E – Elkhart County
W – LaPorte County
Old County Courthouse
Photos taken 2008