Barnes County

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Barnes

Barnes County is named for Alanson H Barnes ( 1818–1890 ) who was an associate justice of the Territorial Court.

 

Created:  January 4, 1873

County Seat: 

Valley City  1879 – present

 

County Courthouse – Valley City

 

Location:  230 4th Street Northwest / 2nd Avenue Northwese

Built:  1926 – 1927

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Toltz, King and Day of St. Paul, Minnesota

Contractor:  Walter Butler Brothers Company Inc. of St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored Indiana limestone, brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of the city. There are four tall stone Doric columns rising from the second floor to the third floor above the entrance on the south side. Around the top of the building is a stone balustrade. An urn sits between the swan’s neck hood over the door. The roof line is flat. The interior has a three story atrium surrounded by walls faced in Italian marble. The stairways are trimmed in Belgian marble, have marble steps, a bronze grilled balustrade and railing with decorative rosettes. Atop the atrium are three skylights and a geometric design on the frame. The large courtroom is located along the north side of the third story. On the north side of the courthouse is the County Jail.

 

See:  The architect, Toltz, King & Day of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by Trumber & Rhodes and built in 1883. The building burned in 1924.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Barnes County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Griggs County and Steele County

E – Cass County

S – Ransom County and LaMoure County

W – Stutsman County

 

 

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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County Jail

Photos taken 2006, 2009 and 2018