Lenawee County

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Lenawee County is named for the Native American word meaning “male” or “man”, from the Delaware word “leno” or “lenno” or the Shawnee word “leanawai”.

 

Created:  September 10, 1822

County Seat:

Tecumseh  1826 – 1838

Adrian        1838 – present

 

County Courthouse – Adrian

 

Location:  301 North Main Street / East Maple Avenue

Built:  1884 – 1885

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Edward Oscar Fallis of Toledo, Ohio

Contractor:  Avery Knapp & Company and Allen & Van Tassel

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and has a projecting central section on the east side with a large rounded arch rising to the top of the second story with a third story section with peaked roof. The building widens in stages to the main section. On the center of the roof is a high square ornate tower with round white colored cupola at the top. The interior has classic reliefs and terra-cotta trim. The courtroom which now houses the Commissioners is located on the west side of the second story.

 

See: The architect, Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, also designed the courthouses in Monroe County; and in Kansas in Montgomery County; and in Ohio in Paulding County, and in Williams County

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

County Judicial Building – Adrian

 

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Location:  425   North Main Street / East Maple Avenue

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wigen, Tincknell & Associates of Saginaw

Contractor:  Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. of Holland

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the courthouse. The east and west wings are three stories. The roof line is flat. The building is the Rex B Martin Judicial Building.

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $4,200,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County and Washtenaw County

E – Monroe County

S – Lucas County, Ohio and Fulton County, Ohio

W – Hillsdale County

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Judicial Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2018