Sanilac County

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Sanilac

Sanilac County is named for Sanilac, who was a Wyandotte Indian chieftain or has the meaning “shanty by the lake”.

 

Created:  September 10, 1822 

County Seat:

Lexington   1849 – 1877

Sandusky   1877 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sandusky

 

Location:  60 West Sanilac Street / South Sandusky Road

Built:  1915 – 1916

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  J E Mills and Son of Detroit

Contractor:  Covey Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds and has a projecting center section with a stone framed entrance on the first story and two high columns rising from the second story to the third story. Above is a wide header with ornamentation. The first story is faced with stone. On the north side is a large addition.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by George S Lester in 1857 for a cost of $2750 in Lexington. A courthouse was built by Julius Hess in Sandusky in 1879 and the building burned on January 17, 1915.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Courthouses: 

N – Huron County

E – Ontario, Canada

S – St. Clair County

W – Lapeer County and Tuscola County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2018