Rice County

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Rice

Rice County is named for Henry Mower Rice, who was one of the first two United States Senators from Minnesota during 1858 to 1863.

 

Created:  March 15, 1853

County Seat:

Faribault  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Fairbault

 

Location:  218  3rd Street NW / 3rd Avenue NW

Built:  1932 – 1934

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Nairne W Fisher of St. Cloud

Contractor:  Maurice Schmacher of Minneapolis

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story stone structure with formal classical lines. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city and is 134 feet by 98 feet. Metal grillwork accentuates the three tall window opening in the central face, and also decorates the doorway and the spandrels of the windows recessed between heavy, pier like features. Natural face Faribault stone is horizontally banded at intervals with sawed faced stone. Inside, the central rotunda has a Moderne stair and fixtures of metal and glass in the Art Deco style. Walls, floors and stairs are polished black and gray colored Tennessee marble and the black is prominent in the inlaid borders around pastel colored floors. In 2006, the building was renovated. The architect was Wold Architects and Engineers.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by C N Daniel and constructed by S J Hoban in 1874. An addition was added in 1924. The building was destroyed by fire in 1931.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Scott County and Dakota County

E – Goodhue County

S – Steele County and Waseca County

W – Le Sueur County

               

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 
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Photos taken 2007 and 2017