Livingston County

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Livingston

Livingston County is named for Edward Livingston, who was Secretary of State under President Andrew Jackson.

 

Created:  March 21, 1833 

County Seat:

Howell  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Howell  

 

Location:  200 East Grand River Avenue / North Court Street

Built:  1889– 1890

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Albert E French of Detroit

Contractor:  Waterbury & Wright of Ionia

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick and Ohio bluestone structure. The building has rounded arched entrances trimmed with stone on each side. The base of the building is course stone. The windows are arched with stone trim. On the center of the roof is a square brick clock tower with peaked roof. The building was restored in 1977 to 1979. The architect was William Kessler and Associates of Detroit and the contractor was Elgin Brothers of Southfield.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was designed by Justin Lawyer and built by Enos B Taylor in 1847 at a cost of $5,600..The cost of construction of the 1890 courthouse was $49,000.

 

See:  The architect, Albert E French of Detroit, also designed the courthouse in  Barry County.

 

County Judicial Center – Howell  

 

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Location:  204 South Highlander Way / West Grand River Avenue

Built:  1998 – 2000

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lindhout Associates of Brighton

Contractor:  Clark Construction Company of Lansing

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The east front has a central entrance with one story portico. The building extends west with a south wing on the east side. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Judicial Center. To the east is the former courthouse which is now named as the Law Center.

 

See:  The contractor Clark Construction Company of Lansing constructed courthouses in Clinton CountyIngham County and Montcalm County.

 

County Law Center – Howell  

 

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Location:  210 South Highlander Way / West Grand River Avenue

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Paul Taylor

Contractor:  MacArthur Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a rectangular shaped one story white colored concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds to the east of the Judicial Center in the West Complex. The north front is a recessed with white colored pillars and recessed horizontal windows. The central entrance on the north side is recessed. The roof line is flat. The building served as the courthouse from 1975 to 2000. The building was renovated in 1986.

 

County Administration – Howell  

 

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Location:  200 East Grand River Avenue / North Court Street

Built:  1987 – 1988

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Fuerstenberg, Crompton & Associates

Contractor:  Irish Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a one story red colored brick and concrete structure. The west recessed wall is glass panels. The roof is hipped.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Shiawassee County and Genesee County

E – Oakland County

S – Washtenaw County

W – Ingham County  

 

                      

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County Law Center

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2015