Charlevoix County

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Charlevoix County is named for Pierre Francois Xavier de Charlevoix, who was a French Jesuit missionary.


Created:  April 2, 1869

County Seat:

Charlevoix     1867 – 1884

East Jordan   1884 – 1885

Boyne City     1885 – 1895

Charlevoix     1895 – present


County Courthouse – Charlevoix


Location:  301 State Street / West Manson Street

Built:  1955 – 1956

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Lake Water Construction Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The north section is two stories with six concrete pillars supporting the concrete overhang. The windows are vertical. The south section is one story. The roof line is flat.


Note:  The previous courthouse was constructed for use as the City Hall in 1885 and was accepted by the County as the courthouse in 1897. The cost of constructiuon was $5,865. The building was razed in 1957 and the present courthouse was constructed around the old jail at a cost of $259,259.40.


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


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Mackinac County and Emmet County

E – Cheyboygan County and Otsego County

S – Ostego County and Antrim County

W – Lake Michigan

















Photos taken 2008