Wright County is named after Silas Wright, a New York salesman whose name was proposed as the county name.
Created: February 20, 1855
Monticello 1856 – 1867
Buffalo 1867 – present
County Courthouse – Buffalo
Location: 10 2nd Street SW / Central Avenue
Built: 1959 – 1960
Architect: Patch and Erickson of Minneapolis
Contractor: George Madsen Construction Company
Description: The building faces east and is a two story concrete, glass and steel structure. The building is located on sloped landscaped grounds in the center of the city and has a low flat curtain wall of steel and glass on a stone veneered foundation. The entrance has four square columns with a recessed portico. In 1971 an addition was built and in 1974, a second addition was added. In 1980, a four story, brown steel paneled rectangular block was built. The architect was Birkeland Architects. In 1990, the building was remodeled joining the separate sections. The architect was BWBR Architects of Saint Paul and the contractor was Construction Analysis and Management of Fridley.
Note: In 1856 a building was built as the Monticello Academy in Monticello and rented for county use. The county seat moved to Buffalo in 1867 and the second courthouse was a two story frame structure called “Samsel House”. The third courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by Bisbee Bardwell of Minneapolis and constructed by J V Daniel in 1878 at a cost of $27,634. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $655,000.
County Justice Center – Buffalo
Location: 3700 Braddock Avenue NE / Highway 35
Built: 2018 – 2020
Architect: Boarman Kroos Vogel Group
Contractor: Contegrity Group of Little Falls
Description: The building faces northwest and is a four story concrete, glass and steel structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the north part of the city. The building is rectangular with vertical windows separated by vertical concrete dividers. The roof line is flat. The building is presently under construction.
E – Henepin County
W – Meeker County
County Justice Center
Photos taken 2007, 2017 and 2019