Lake County

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Lake County is named for the several small lakes within the county and for Lake Michigan.


Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Chase    1871 – 1875

Baldwin  1875 – present


County Courthouse – Baldwin


Location:  800 Tenth Street / West Courthouse Drive

Built:  1927 – 1928

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Frank P Allan & Son

Contractor:  Cadillac Cabinet & Construction


Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building has a large portico supported by six high white columns rising to a decorated pediment at the roof line.  A projecting cornice runs below the roof line. On the east and west are one story wings.  A large addition was added on the north side in 1998 to 2000. The architect for the addition was Gove Associates Inc. of Kalamazoo and the contractor was DeVere Construction Company Inc. of Alpena.


Note:  The courthouse constructed in 1886 to 1888, was destroyed by fire on April 3, 1927. The building was reconstructed at a cost of $50,000 in the same form as the previous building but without the tower.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



N – Manistee County and Wexford County

E – Osceola County

S – Newaygo County

W – Manson County























Photos taken 2008