Oceana County is named for its proximity to Lake Michigan or to the title of a book by James Harrington called “Oceana”.
Created: March 2, 1831
Stony Creek 1855 – 1858
Roseville 1858 – 1864
Hart 1864 – present
County Courthouse – Hart
Location: 100 South State Street / Washington Street
Built: 1958 – 1959
Architect: Orrus Easch of Fort Wayne, Indiana
Contractor: Elzinga and Volkers Inc. of Holland
Description: The building faces west and is a one story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building has a large overhanging canopy supported by two pillars at the central entrance. The windows are vertical and framed with dark brown colored brick. An addition was added on the east side in 1968. The architect for the addition was Clark R Aceley of Lansing and the contractor was Alstrom Construction Inc. In 1989, the building was reconstructed and completed on May 1, 1990. The architect was Roy and Associates of Ludington and the contractor was Muskegon Construction Company.
Note: The previous courthouse was designed and built bt David Benham in 1874 at a cost of $6,031.82.
See: Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky
N – Mason County
E – Newaygo County
S – Muskegon County
W – Lake Michigan
Photos taken 2008