Chippewa County

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Chippewa

Chippewa County is named for the Chippewa or Ojibway Indians and the Chippewa River, which joins the Minnesota River in the county. “Chippewa” is a French corruption of “Ojibway”.

 

Created:  February 20, 1862

County Seat:

Chippewa City  1862 – 1870

Montevideo       1870 – present

 

County Courthouse – Montevideo

 

Location:  629   North 11th Street / Washington Avenue

Built:  1955 – 1957

Style:  Modern / Corporate International

Architect:  Thorshov and Cerny, Inc. of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Dean Contracting and Pedersen Bros.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story stone and glass  structure. The building is flat, blocky and functional. A second floor projects out onto four heavy piers that give the effect of a classical portico. At the same time the windowless projection adds weight and dignity to the building. A one-story wing is attached on the south side. The long corridors of the interior have terrazzo floors, marble-faced walls, and stair-railings of polished aluminum. One of the courtrooms is finished in dark cherry wood and the other courtroom in light Philippine mahogany. The building sits on a 10 acre site.

  

Note:  The first courthouse designed by J Haley of Minneapolis and built by A A Whittemore at a cost of $9,350 in 1883. The building was enlarged in 1901. The present was constructed at a cost of $900,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Swift County

E – Kandiyohi County

S – Renville County and Yellow Medicine County

W – Yellow Medicine County and  Lac Qui Parle County 

                       

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2017