Montcalm County

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Montcalm

Montcalm County is named for Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm de Saint Veran, who was a French military commander in the French and Indian War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mecosta County and Isabella County

E – Gratiot County

S – Ionia County and Kent County

 Kent County and Newaygo County

 

Created:  March 2, 1831                         Map of Michigan highlighting Montcalm County

County Seat:

Greenville  1850 – 1860

Stanton      1860 – present

 

County Courthouse – Stanton

 

Location:  639 North State Street / Quarterline Street

Built:  2001 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wigen, Tincknell, Meyers & Associates

Contractor:  Clark Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a one story buff colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds to the north of the center of Stanton. The building is an “L” shape design with the central entrance in the center with peaked red colored roof. The building has glass exterior walls. The roof is hipped. The building is named as the County Courthouse Complex.

 

See:  The architect, Wigen, Tincknell, Meyers & Associates, designed courthouses  in Clinton County, Ingham County and Roscommon County. The contractor Clark Construction Company of Lansing constructed courthouses in Clinton CountyIngham County and Livingstome County.

 

Old County Courthouse – Stanton

 

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Location:  211 West Main Street / South Court Street

Built:  1910 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Edwyn A Bowd

Contractor:  Wright & Prall.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and stone structure. The building is locatted on landscaped grounds in the center of Stanton. The north front has a large portico supported by four large columns with pediment above. The projecting cornice runs below the roof line. The base of the building is stone. The roof line is flat.  The old courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the administrative offices.

 

See:   The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Wexford County.

 

History:  The first court met at the home of Morton Shearer in Greenville in 1850. The county seat was moved to Stanton in 1860. The first courthouse was built by Joseph P Shoemaker in 1861 at a cost of $800. In 1870, Seth Sprague erected a fireproof building for $1500 as the second courthouse. The third courthouse was constructed by Jacob V Consaul of Grand Haven in 1879 to 1881 at a cost of $23,000. The courthouse burned on February 16, 1905. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1910 to 1911 at a cost of $58,280.68. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 2001 to 2002.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Stanton

 

 

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Old County Courthouse – Stanton

 

 

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Photos taken 2008