Mecosta County

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Mecosta County is named for Chief Mecosta, who was a Potawatami Indian Chief whose name means “big bear”.


Created:  April 1, 1840

County Seat:

Big Rapids  1859 – present


County Courthouse – Big Rapids 


Location:  400 East Elm Street / Ives Avenue

Built:  1969 – 1970

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is an “L” shape. The main entrance at the northwest corner has a recessed entrance with glass paneling on the north and east sides. In the interior is an open lobby. The center of the north side has a section of glass paneling. The windows are narrow and vertical. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Mecosta County Building.


Note:  The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $1,233,857.


Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by N J Gibbs and constructed by Crocker & Hudnutt of Big Rapids in 1885 to 1886 at a cost of $30,000. The color scheme of the stone exterior being yellow, orange and green, was similar to the courthouse in Houghton County.


See: The architect,  Stephen T Gerganoff, designed courthouses in Cheboygan County and Ogemaw County, and with Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.


See: The contractor, Gust Construction Company of Cedar Springs, constructed courthouses in Benzie County and Ogemaw County.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



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Photos taken 2008 and 2015