Allegan County

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Allegan County is named for the Indian tribe of “Allegawi” or “Allegans”.


Created:  March 2, 1831

County Seat:

Allegan  1835 – present


County Courthouse – Allegan 


Location:  113 Chestnut Street / Hubbard Street

Built:  1960 – 1961

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Pearson Construction Company Inc.


Description:  The building faces southeast and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is “L” shaped with a south and east wing. There is a recessed entrance on the southeast corner supported by a brick pillar and glass walls above. The east side of the south section is glass. The building is named as the Ralph B Sytsma Memorial Center. An addition was constructed in 1994.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Albert French and constructed by J M Crocker in 1889. In 1951, the dome was removed from the building and the building was demolished in 1961 when the present courthouse was completed.


See: The architect,  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti, designed courthouses  in Alcona County, Arenac County, Charlevoix County and Washlenaw County, and with Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Ottawa County and Kent County

E – Barry County

S – Kalamazoo County and Van Buren County

W – Lake Michigan




















Photos taken 2008