Branch County

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Branch County is named for John Branch, who was Secretary of the Navy under President Andrew Jackson.

 

Created:  October 29, 1829

County Seat:

Masonville  1829 – 1831

Branch        1831 – 1842

Coldwater   1842 – present

 

County Courthouse – Coldwater

 

Location:  31 Division Street / East Pearl Street

Built:  1974 – 1976

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Haughey, Black and Associates of Battle Creek

Contractor:  Wagner-Flook Builders of Grand Rapids Creek

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story stone, concrete and glass structure. The central entrance is framed with gray colored stone and rises above the roof line. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat. The architect for recent renovations was Schley Architects of Kalamazoo.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Marcellus H Parker of Coldwater and constructed by Crocker & Hudnutt of Big Rapids in 1887 at a cost of $52,098.99.  The building was destroyed by arson on December 5, 1972. The bell manufactured by C H Meneely Company of Troy, New York was saved and a red colored brick tower now houses the bell and clock. The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $1,500,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Calhoun County

E – Hillsdale County

S – Steuben County, Indiana and LaGrange County, Indiana

W – St. Joseph County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008