Steele County

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Steele County is named for Franklin Steele, who was a prominent Minneapolis pioneer and businessman and member of the first board of regents of the University of Minnesota.


Created:  February 20, 1855

County Seat:

Owatonna  1855 – present


County Courthouse – Owatonna


Location:  111 East Main Street / South Cedar Avenue

Built:  1890 – 1891

Style:  Romanesque Revival

Architect:  T D Allen of Minneapolis

Contractor:  Leck and McLeod


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story red colored brick and stone structure. Built of Austin red colored brick set with red mortar, and trimmed with Lake Superior brown stone, the 115 foot by 86 foot building rises above a full basement. Coupled arches supported by polished granite columns protect the north and south entrances. A large sculpture representing Mercy, Law and Justice is set in a niche above the north entrance. On the northwest corner, the main tower rises five stories to its pyramidal cap with a clock on each side, as well as minarets and gables. A low circular tower is on the northeast corner and on the southwest corner is a minor square tower and roof ridges emphasized with title crowns. The interior has an ornate oak staircase, wainscoting and woodwork. A two story brick addition was added at the rear in 1975 to 1976.


Note:  The building was damaged by a water leak in January 2017 and is undergoing repair. The contractor is Rocon Inc.


County Administration Center – Owatonna




Location:  630 Florence Avenue / Ronglein Lane

Built:  1994 – 1996

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Station Nineteen Architects Inc. of Minneapolis

Contractor:  A J Lysne Contracting Corporation



Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds. sloping down on the west side. On the southeast and northeast corners are entrances on the second story. The entrances are recessed. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat. 



N – Rice County

E – Dodge County

S – Freeborn County

W – Waseca County





























Photos taken 2008 and 2017