Gratiot County is named for Charles Gratiot, who was the military officer who built Fort Gratiot at the present site of Port Huron.
Created: March 2, 1831
Ithaca 1856 – present
County Courthouse – Ithaca
Location: 214 East Center Street / South Main Street
Built: 1900 – 1901
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Claire Allen of Jackson
Contractor: A W Mohnke of Grand Rapids
Description: The building faces north and is a two story yellow-brown colored Berea sandstone structure. The building has a large portico with three high arches on the first story and on the second story is a balcony with three windows and above is a decorated pediment. The east and west corners have square towers with low peaked roofs. On the center of the roof is a high square clock tower with columns, dome and small cupola at the top. In 1905, the clock was installed by N Johnson of Manistee. During construction, the supervisor was Jere Marks of St. Louis, Missouri.
County Judicial Building – Ithaca
Location: 245 East Newark Street / South Main Street
Built: 1994 – 1995
Architect: Giffel Consultants Inc. of Southfield and John Dziurman
Contractor: Heartland PSC, Inc. of Lansing.
Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. On the north side, the building is attached to the courthouse. The south entrance has a concrete lattice wall with overhang at the doorway. The west section is two stories and the east section is one story.
See: Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky
E – Saginaw County
S – Clinton County
W – Montcalm County
Photos taken 2008