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
Faribault 1853 – present
County Courthouse – Fairbault
Location: 218 3rd Street NW / 3rd Avenue NW
Built: 1932 – 1934
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 first 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. The second and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $200,000.
E – Goodhue County
W – Le Sueur County
Photos taken 2007 and 2017