Martin County

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Martin County is named for either Henry Martin, who was a prominent landowner from Connecticut or Morgan Lewis Martin, who was a delegate to Congress.

 

Created:  May 23, 1857

County Seat:

Fairmont  1857 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fairmont

 

Location:  201 Lake Avenue / East 1st Street

Built:  1907 – 1908

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Charles E Bell and Meno S Detweiler of Minneapolis

Contractor:  J B Nelson

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story structure which sits on a hill overlooking Lake Sisseton on the west side. The building is located on landscaped grounds. Rusticated Marquette rain-drop sandstone in a reddish hue from Michigan, forms the first story. The second and third stories are built with smooth, buff-coloured Bedford limestone. On the east front, the main door is flanked by polished double Corinthian columns and topped by a complete entablature with a broken segmental arched pediment. A cornice and balustrade conceal a low-pitched roof. The neo-class detailing carries through to the central metal-domed tower 58 feet above the roofline, with a large clock on each of its four sides. The building is 79 feet by 116 feet. Inside are murals, metalwork, marble-topped counters and stained glass. On the north side is the Martin County Security Building constructed in 1974.

 

See:  The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built by W W Carrington in 1862 at a cost of $200. The second courthouse was built by J A Smith in 1882. At a cost of $14,000. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $125,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Watonwan County and Blue Earth County 

E – Faribault County

S – Kossuth County, Iowa and Emmet County, Iowa

W – Jackson County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2017