Ionia County

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Ionia

Ionia County is named for a province in Greece.    

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Montcalm County

E – Clinton County

S – Eaton County and Barry County

W – Kent County

 

Created:  March 2, 1831                         Map of Michigan highlighting Ionia County

County Seat:

Ionia  1837 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ionia  

 

Location:  100 Main Street / Hudson Street

Built:  1883 – 1886

Style:  Italianate and Renaissance

Architect:  David W Gibbs of Toledo, Ohio

Contractor:  Clare Allen

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story Ionia sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ionia. The south front has a large portico with three arches on the first story and four columns rising to the top of the third story with decorative pediment above. The foundation is course stone and the first story is course brown sandstone and the upper stories are smooth sandstone. The building has a wide projecting cornice along the roof line. On the center of the roof is a large square clock tower with white colored dome and Statue of Justice at the top. The interior has black and white colored marble floors. and a grand stairway made of oak and cherry. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was renovated in 1994..

 

Note:  The contractor  Clare Allen when bankrupt during construction and the project manager, Chauncey Waterbury, completed the construction.

 

History:  The court met at rented premises in the store of Daniel Ball, residence of Avel Avery, Smith’s Hall, Bayard’s Hall and Amory Hall from 1845 to 1879. The first and present courthouse was finally constructed 1n 1883 to 1886 at a cost of $45,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Ionia

 

 

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Photos taken 2008