Kent County

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Kent

Kent County is named for Chancellor James Kent, who was a celebrated New York jurist.

 

Created:  March 2, 1831

County Seat:

Grand Rapids  1832 – present

 

County Courthouse – Grand Rapids  

 

Location:  180 Ottawa Avenue NW / Lyon Street NW

Built:  2000 – 2001

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Tower, Finkster, Titus Associates and Kellmuth, Grata, Kassabaum Inc.

Contractor:  Owen-Ames-Kimball Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a twelve story glass, stone and concrete structure. The west side has a two story entrance hall projecting from the main building. Vertical windows are divided by vertical stone faced sections. The Hall of Justice was razed to make room for the new courthouse.

 

County Administration – Grand Rapids  

 

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Location:  300 Monroe Avenue / Michigan Street NW

Built:  1967 – 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Bryon & Nachtegall

Contractor:  Owens, Ames & Kimball

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story glass, steel and concrete structure. The glass walls are recessed with vertical pillars along the exterior. The roof line is flat.The building is located on the plaza with the City Hall on the north side.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Sidney J Osgood and constructed by Western Construction Company in 1892.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Newaygo County and Montcalm County

E – Montcalm County and Ionia County

S – Barry County and Allegan County

 Ottawa County and Muskegon County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008