Barry County

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Barry County is named for William T Barry, who was the Postmaster General under President Andrew Jackson.


Created:  April 29, 1829

County Seat:

Hastings  1839 – present


County Courthouse – Hastings 


Location:  220 West State Street / South Church Street

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Albert E French of Detroit

Contractor:  Nichols Brothers of Lansing


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story dark red colored brick and stone structure. The building has an arched stone entrance projecting from the building. The base of the building is course stone. On the center of the roof is a high square red colored brick clock tower with peaked roof. The interior has terra cotta fixtures.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by John Lewis and constructed by A W Bailey in 1847 for a cost of $2,381.09. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $57,563.53.


See:  The architect, Albert E French of Detroit, also designed the courthouse in  Livingston County.


County Courts Building – Hastings 




Location:  206 West Court Street / South Church Street

Built:  1993 – 1994

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Robert VanPutten of Landmark Design Group of Grand Rapids

Contractor:  Pioneer Construction of Grand Rapids


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick, stone glass and concrete structure. The building has a projecting center section with large archway at the entrance. The first story is faced with light colored stone, the second story is faced with red colored brick and the third story is dark glass. The building is named as the Barry County Courts and Law Building.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Kent County and Ionia County

E – Eaton County

S – Calhoun County and Kalamazoo County

W – Allegan County





























Photos taken 2008