Marquette County

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Marquette County is named for Father Pere Jacques Marquette, who was a French missionary.


Surroundiong County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada

E – Alger County and Delta County

S – Menominee County and Dickinson County

W – Iron County and Baraga County


Created:  March 9, 1843                         Map of Michigan highlighting Marquette County

County Seat:

Marquette  1843 – present


County Courthouse – Marquette  


Location:  234 West Baraga Avenue / South 3rd Street

Built:  1902 – 1904

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Demitrius F Charlton and R William Gilbert of Marquette

Contractor:  Northern Construction Company of Milwaukee, Wisconsin


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored sandstone, concrete, marble and copper structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Marquette. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Marquette. The building has a steel frame and the front has a large projecting portico supported by four large granite Doric columns with wide steps descending. On the center of the roof is a circular flat dome with windows. In the interior, mosaic tiles, wool carpeting, and stained glass fill the building.There are Italian marble walls and a marble staircase. The large courtroom on the second story is finished with mahogany and marble and has a large stained glass skylight. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 25th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. The building was renovated in 1984. On the west side is a modern dark colored brick Henry A Skewis Annex constructed in 1976 to 1977.


Note:  The County District Court also sits in Ipheming at 215 West Hemalite Drive and Lake Street.


History:  The county was created in 1843 and Marquette was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a wooden Greek Revival structure built in 1857. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1902 to 1904 at a cost of $240,000. The cost of the renovation in 1984 was $1,784,648.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky




County Courthouse – Marquette






















County Courthouse Annex – Marquette







Photos taken 2008