Stearns County is named after Charles Thomas Stearns, by mistake. The county was to be named after Isaac Ingalls Stevens, but an error was made.
Created: February 20, 1855
St. Cloud 1855 – present
County Courthouse – St. Cloud
Location: 725 Courthouse Square / 8th Avenue South
Built: 1921 – 1922
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Leo W Schefer of St. Cloud for Toltz, King and Day of Saint Paul
Contractor: Charles Skooglun of Saint Paul
Description: The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The south front has a granite columned portico and a shallow dome of yellow tile set on a low swag-decorated drum. The building stands 109 feet above street level and measures 120 feet by 130 feet. The building is made of red colored brick and granite block over reinforced concrete. Terra cotta panels decorate the parapet and upper stories, and the same material provides ornamental bands at the water table, frieze, belt course and window surrounds. Above the six-columned portico is carved “Stearns County Courthouse / A Landmark of Civic Progress / A memorial to Sturdy Pioneers”. Dates carved on each side mark the county and courthouse in time. On the east are the words “The Pedestal of Liberty is Justice”, and on the west side “Where Law Ends Tyranny Begins” Inside, marble is used in the floors, stairs, wainscoting, columns and pilasters. A mural by Elsa Jemne depicts the Native American, the first inhabitant of the land. The courtroom is located at the south side of the third story. The building was renovated in 1991. The architect was Korsunky Krank Erickson Grooters Leapaldt Tideman and the contractor was M A Mortenson.
See: The architect, Toltz, King & Day of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Stearns County Courthouse
Note: The first courthouse was a two story red colored brick structure designed by James H Place and constructed by John W Tenvorde and Joseph Broker in 1864. Additions were built in 1874, 1884 and 1897. The architect was Hussey & Bergmann and the contractor was Carl Kropp.
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Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2019