Lapeer County

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Lapeer County is named for the French word “la Pierre” which means “stone” or “flint stone”.

 

Created:  September 18, 1822

County Seat:

Lapeer  1835 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Lapeer 

 

Location:  SW – West Nepessing   Street / N. Court Street

Built:  1845 – 1846

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Alvin N Hart and Norman Davidson

Contractor:  Norman Davidson

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story native white pine structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the north side of the courthouse. The north front has a portico supported by four fluted Doric columns. The building has a brick foundation. A three tiered tower rises on the south side of the building. The courtroom is located on the second story. The building was purchased by the County for $3,000 in 1853.

 

Note: The courthouse is the second oldest courthouse in Michigan after the courthouse in Berrien County, but is the oldest courthouse still in use.

 

County Courthouse – Lapeer 

 

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Location:  255 Clay Street / North Court Street

Built:  1978 – 1980

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Tomlinson. Harburn, Yurk & Associated Inc. of Flint

Contractor:  Erickson & Lindstrom Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story rectangular red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on the south side of the old courthouse. The building has a recessed entrance on the northwest corner. The windows are horizontal and the first and second stories are recessed along the north front.  The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $3,500,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Tuscola County and Sanilac County

E – Sanilac County and St. Clair County

S – Macomb County and Oakland County

W – Genesee County and Tuscola County

 

 

 

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Old County Courthouse

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2018