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.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Watonwan County and Blue Earth County 

E – Faribault County

S – Kossuth County, Iowa and Emmet County, Iowa

W – Jackson County


Created:  May 23, 1857                          Map of Minnesota highlighting Martin County

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 in the center of Fairmont. 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-colored 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 County Security Building constructed in 1974.


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


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Martin County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1857 and Fairmont was selected as the county seat. 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 third and present courthouse was constructed in 1907 to 1908 at a cost of $125,000.


County Sercurity Building – Fairmont




Location:  201 Lake Avenue / East 1st Street

Built:  1973 – 1974

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Fairmont on the north side of the courthouse. The building has small vertical windows and light colored brown bands run between the stories. The roof line is flat. 





County Courthouse – Fairmomt











































County Security Building – Fairmont




Photos taken 2007 and 2017