Renville County

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Renville

Renville County is named for Joseph Renville, an early settler in Minnesota, who served with the British in the War of 1812 leading a company of Dakota warriors against the United States forces later serving as an interpreter, trader and source of information about Dakota.

 

Created:  February 20, 1855

County Seat:

Beaver Falls  1872 – 1895

Olivia        1895 – present

 

County Courthouse – Olivia

 

Location:  500 East Depue Avenue / South 4th Street

Built:  1902 – 1903

Style:  French Second Empire

Architect:  Fremont D Orff of Minneapolis

Contractor:  O H Olson of Stillwater

 

Description:  The building faces south and  is a two story red colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The corner towers of red brick are trimmed with yellow stone that appears in quoins, belt coursed, and window surrounds, as well as the central portico and solid rusticated high basement. The blue-green copper segmented domes over the corner pavilions and the central tower suggest. However, the centre pavilion with its balustered porch, fluted columns and classic oculus-pierced pediments is in the Georgian style. In 1933, the building was repaired and redecorated.

 

See:  The architect, Fremont D Orff, designed courthouses in Minnesota in Big Stone County, Red Lake County and Waseca County; and in Nebraska in Wayne County.

 

County Administration – Olivia

 

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Location:  5th Street South / Lincoln Avenue

Built:  1991 – 1992

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Klein McCarthy Architects of St. Louis Park

Contractor:  Nelson Construction Company Inc. of Willmar

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick and buff colored stone structure. The building is rectangular shaped and the roof line is flat. The building is named as the Renville County Government Services Center.An addition was built on the south side in 2007 and completed in 2008. The addition is also rectangular shaped. The architect was Klein McCarthy Architects of St. Louis Park and the contractor was Contegrity Group Inc. of Little Falls.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Chippewa County, Kandiyohi County and Meeker County

E – McLead County and Sibley County

S – Nicolett County, Brown County and Redwood County

W – Yellow Medicine County and Chippewa County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2017