Wexford County

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Wexford

Wexford County is named for County Wexford in Ireland. 

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Grand Traverse County

E – Missaukee County

S – Osceola County and Lake County

W – Manistee County

 

Created:  April 1, 1840                           Map of Michigan highlighting Wexford County

County Seat:

Sherman   1869 – 1879

Manton      1879 – 1882

Cadillac     1882 – present

 

County Courthouse – Cadillac

 

Location:  437 East Division Street / Holbrook Street

Built:  1911 – 1913

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Edwyn A Bond of Lansing

Contractor:  T F Banhagel of Lansing.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick stone and concrete structure. The buiolding is located on landscaped grounds on a hiill in the center of Cadilac. The building has a portico supported by four high columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The base of the building is stone and stone surrounds the entrance doorway. On the center of the roof is a round red colored roofed dome. The interior has a grand staircase. The courtroom is located on the second story. In 2002 an addition was added on the west and north sides. The architect was Wigen Tincknell Meyer & Associates Inc. and the contractor was Gundlack Champion Construction Services.

 

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

 

Old County Office ( Masonic Building ) – Cadillac

 

Location:  122 North Mitchell Street / Beech Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  Romanesque Commercial

Architect:  Sidney Osgood of Grand Rapids

Contractor:  Charles W Dutton and John G Mosser

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a three story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Cadillac. The first story has store fronts with central entrance with a rusticated stone arch and stone piers, Cut stone belt courses are located between the stories on three of the four sides. The roof line is flat. The county occupied the second story from 1890 to 1912. 

 

History:  The first court met at the log hotel of Sylvester Clark in 1869 in Sherman. The first courthouse was a two story wood frame structure designed by William Holdsworth Sr. of Traverse City and constructed by J H Wheeler in 1872 at a cost of $5,000. The county seat was moved to Manton in 1879. Before a courthouse could be erected, the county seat was moved to Cadillac in 1882. Offices were rented at the Holbrook & May Building and in 1884 at the Cornwall & La Bar Building. In 1889, the offices were at a brick building on Mason Street and in 1890, the offices were on the second story of the Masonic Building which is still standing. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1911 to 1913 at a cost of about $75,000. The cost of the 2002 addition was $4,400,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

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County Courthouse – Cadillac

 

 

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Commissioner Room

 

 

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Photos taken 2008 and 2010