Freeborn County

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Freeborn County is named for William Freeborn, who was a member of the council in the territorial legislature from 1854 to 1857 and the second Mayor of Red Wing in 1858.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Waseca County and Steele County

E – Mower County

S – Worth County, Iowa and Winnebago County, Iowa

W – Faribault County


Created:  February 20, 1855                  Map of Minnesota highlighting Freeborn County

County Seat:

Albert Lea  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Albert Lea


Location:  411 South Broadway Avenue / East College Street

Built:  1887 – 1888

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  C A Dunham of Burlington, Iowa

Contractor:  Alexander McNeill of Albert Lea


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Albert Lee and is an adaptation of the popular monumental style with a great tower and sculptured “dogs” that seem to leap from the building. The building is 74 feet by 104 feet constructed of red brick, red colored sandstone and Kasota limestone. The interior has quarter-sawed oak woodwork and fireplaces. The old courtroom on the second story now houses the Commissioners Chamber. In 1953 the chimneys and four steeples were eliminated. An addition was added in 1955 on the south side and the bell tower was removed. The architect was Bernard Hein and the contractor was John F Hanson. A second addition was added in 1975. The architect was Foss, Englestad and Foss of Fargo, North Dakota and the contractor was Adolphson & Peterson, Inc. of Minneapolis. In 2002 to 2005, the exterior was renovated to restore the original appearance of the old courthouse. The architect was Boarman Kroos Vogel Group and the contractor was Adolphson & Peterson, Inc. of Minneapolis.


See:  The 3rd Judicial District includes Dodge CountyFillmore CountyHouston County, Mower County, Olmsted County, Rice County, Steele CountyWabasha County, Waseca County and Winona County.


History:  The county was created in 1855 and Albert Lee was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1866 at a cost of $4,300. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1887 to 1888 at a cost of $75,000.




County Courthouse – Albert Lee














































Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017