Olmsted County is named for David Olmsted, who was the first mayor of St. Paul and who was a member of the territorial legislature from 1849 to 1850.
Created: February 20, 1855
Rochester 1855 – present
County Courthouse – Rochester
Location: 151 4th Street SE / 1st Avenue SE
Built: 1992 – 1993
Architect: Korsunsky, Krane & Erickson
Contractor: Adolfson & Peterson, Inc. of Minneapolis
Description: The building faces southeast and is a six story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. Along the east front of the first story, the building has square concrete pillars with glass windows between each pillar. The windows on the top stories are vertical, divided by concrete and red brick dividers. The building forms the northwest part of the Olmsted County Government Center with the Rochester City Hall along the east side.
Old County Courthouse – Rochester
Location: 515 2nd Street SW / 6th Avenue SW
Built: 1957 – 1958
Style: International Corporate
Architect: Daniel Robbins & Associates
Description: The building faces south and is a two story stone, aluminum and glass style structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The building is now part of the Mayo Clinic known as the Ozmun Building. Additions were made in 1976 and 1977.
Note: The first courthouse was built by Charles Lindsly in 1858. The second courthouse was designed by A F Knight and built by J H Grindall in 1867.
E – Winona County
W – Dodge County
Photos taken 2007 and 2017