Leelanau County

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Leelanau

Leelanau County is named for the Native American word meaning “delight of life”.

 

Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Northport      1863 – 1883

Leeland        1883 – 2004

Sutons Bay  2004 – present

 

County Courthouse – Suttons Bay

 

Location:  8527 East Government Center Drive / Highway 204

Built:  2007 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Landmark Design of Grand Rapids

Contractor:  DeVere Construction Company of Alpena.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on the side of a hill. The base of the building is concrete. The west front has a long canopy extending from the entrance. A square tower with clock rises on the north side of the entrance. The first story windows are arched.

 

Old County Courthouse – Leeland

 

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Location:  301 East Cedar Street / Charles Street

Built:  1966 – 1967

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Field, Graheck, Bell & Kline of Traverse City

Contractor:  Arnold & Tezak, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. On the south front is a high portico at the central entrance. The roof line is flat. The building ceased to act as a courthouse in 2008 and stands empty. Behind the building is the old red colored brick jail.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1883 and the wood building was replaced by the 1966 courthouse.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Charleviox County

E – Antrim County

S – Grand Traverse County and Benzie County

W  Lake Michigan

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008