Polk County

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Polk

Polk County is named after James Knox Polk, eleventh President of the United States who signed the congressional act organizing the Minnesota Territory.

 

Created:  July 20, 1858

County Seat:

Crookston  1858 – present

 

County Government Center – Crookston

 

Location:  612 North Broadway / East 6th Street

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cecil Griffith of Ellerber Architects & Engineers of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Dean L Witcher Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three-level block style structure. The building is set into a slope, so that the rough random-coursed Minnesota granite of the lower floor disappears at the rear elevation. The upper floors are smooth white concrete with regular window pattern 18 bays across and 7 deep, set off by narrow fins that rise to a wide, vertically scored band. Inside, a unique feature is the open spiral staircase in the center lobby, and a mock rotunda beneath a bright skylight. The building was formerly the courthouse until 2008.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1881. The previous courthouse was designed by Kinney & Detweiler and constructed in 1900 at a cost of $90,000.

 

County Justice Center – Crookston

 

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Location:  816 Marin Avenue / Old Highway 75

Built:  2006 – 2008

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Klein McCarthy & Company Ltd. and Richard Rude Architectural

Contractor:  Construction Analysis & Management (CAM) Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on spacious grounds. The building has a north wing and a west wing. On the east front is a central projecting glass section with entrance and four pillars on the first story with extended canopy. The windows are square and the roof line is flat. The building houses the District Court. 

 

Note:  The cost of construction was $25,000,000.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Marshall County

E – Pennington County, Red Lake County and Clearwater County

S – Mahnomen County and Norman County

W – Traill County, North Dakota and Grand Forks County, North Dakota

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2017