Cass County is named for George Washington Cass ( 1810-1888 ), president of the Northern Pacific Railroad.
Created: January 4, 1873
Fargo 1873 – present
County Courthouse – Fargo
Location: 211 9th Street South / 3rd Avenue South
Built: 1904 – 1906
Style: Renaissance Revival and French Second Empire
Architect: Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota
Contractor: Johnson & Power
Description: The building faces east and is a three story brown colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the south side of the center of the city. The building is 70 feet by 109 feet when opened on July 31, 1906. The building is faced with Port Wing brown colored sandstone. Belt courses delineate the foundation and each story. In the center is a square tower with a pair of free standing polished granite Roman Ionic columns on each side of the first story entrance and rising to a pediment. On the roof is a square sandstone tower with clock and silver colored dome. At the center a rotunda rises with domed roof. The original courtroom was removed but two courtroom flank the rotunda on the third story. In 1981 to 1982, an addition was added on the north side. The architect was Clark, Holman and Moorhead Ltd. In 1986, an addition was added on the south side. The architect was Clark, Holman & Moorhead Ltd. In 2012 an addition was constructed on the west side to house additional courtrooms. The addition has a wide hall with courtroom along the north side. The architect was Kimme & Associates and the contractor was Meineck – Johnson Company. On the west side of the building is the new jail facilities. Nearby is the Courthouse Annex.
Note: The first courthouse was built in 1874. The second courthouse was designed by Daniels & Proctor and built by Megar & Kelly in 1883 and was destroyed by fire on November 7, 1903. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $141,000.
See: The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
West Courthouse Addition
County Courthouse Annex
Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2018