Hall County is named for Augustus Hall, who was the Chief Justice of the Territorial Supreme Court at the time the county was created.
Created: November 4,1858
Grand Island 1859 – present
County Courthouse – Grand Island
Location: 111 West 1st Street / South Locust Street
Built: 1902 – 1904
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Thomas Rogers Kimball of Omaha
Contractor: Henry Faldorf and Otto Kirschke of Grand Island
Description: The building faces north and is a two story dark red colored brick and stone structure. The building has a high limestone base. The north front has wide stone steps ascending to the first story which has three stone arches. On the second story, eight narrow columns rise to a frieze with clock rising above the frieze. The base of the building is horizontal white colored stone. Stone trims the building corners and below the second story windows and along the roofline. In the center of the roof rises a tall green colored spire with dome and smaller dome at the top.
Note: The cost of construction of the courthouse and jail was $131,142.51. Of that amount, only $11,418 was spent on the jail. In 1977 a contract of $2,000,000 was awarded for building a new jail and offices for the Sheriff and the Grand Island Police Department on the south side of the courthouse. In 1978 the project was completed and the Grand Island Police Department and the Hall County Sheriff’s Department made the move. The new and old jails were connected and are still in use today.
Note The previous courthouse was constructed in 1872 to 1973 by Christian Anderson, D Plumster and James Tout for $15,750.
See: National Register of Historic Places – Hall County Courthouse
County Administration – Grand Island
Location: 121 South Pine Street / East 1st Street
Built: 1979 – 1980
Architect: Richard F Willis and Associates, Inc.
Contractor: Lacy Building & Supplies Company
Description: The building faces north and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The central north entrance is recessed with glass panels. Along the sides are vertical dividers with recessed windows. The roof is sloped.
N – Howard County
S – Adams County
W – Buffalo County
Photos taken 2006 and 2010