Washtenaw County

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Washtenaw

Washtenaw County is named for the Native American word “wash-ten-ong” meaning “at or on the river”.

 

Created:  September 10, 1822

County Seat:

Ann   Arbor  1826 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ann   Arbor 

 

Location:  101 East Huron Street / North Main Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  A W Kutsche & Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story wjite colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is “L” shaped. with a southj and west wing. The southwest section has a central entrance with glass panels rising to the flat roof line. The southeast section has glass walls.  The roof line is flat.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by G W Bunting of Indianapolis, Indiana and constructed by McCormick & Sweeny of Columbus, Indiana in 1877 to 1878. The cost of construction was $83,000.  The present courthopuise was constructed around the old courthouse which was later demolished.

 

See: The architect,  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti, designed courthouses  in Alcona County, Allegan County, Arenac County and Charlevoix County, and with Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Chelsea  /  Saline  /  Ypsilanti

 

Courthouses: 

N – Livingston County and Oakland County

E – Wayne County

S – Monroe County and Lenawee County

W – Ingham County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2008