Foster County is named for either James S Foster of Mitchell, South Dakota (1828-1870) or his brother George I Foster of Fargo, North Dakota (1837-1912), both who were prominent in territorial affairs.
Created: January 4, 1873
Carrington 1883 – present
County Courthouse – Carrington
Location: 1000 5th Street North / 10th Avenue North
Built: 1909 – 1910
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota
Contractor: Alex Nelson of Perham, Minnesota
Description: The building faces south and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the center of the city. The south entrance section projects from the main building, combines single columns, flanking brick pilasters, and a simple arched entry surrounded on the front facade and rises to a pediment. The basement has brown colored brick. Rectangular windows throughout the building have keystoned flat arches on the first floor and simple stone lentils between single brick pilasters on the second floor. The building has a large octagonal dome with silver colored roof on the center of the roof. Bull’s-eye apertures pierce the cardinal points of the dome itself, which is topped with a crown and ball finial. The interior features a gray-brown marble wainscoting in the front entry. The courtroom with richly decorated coffered ceiling and wall stenciling is located on the west side of the second story..On the north side of the courthouse is the two story brick Sheriff Residence.
See: The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
Note: The previous courthouse was built in 1887.
N – Eddy County
E – Griggs County
S – Stutsman County
W – Wells County
Photos taken 2007, 2010 and 2018