Grand Forks County

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Grand Forks County is named for the City of Grand Forks which was originally called “Les Grandes Fourches” by French fur traders for its location at  the junction of the Red Lake River and the Red River of the North.

 

Created:  January 4, 1873

County Seat: 

Grand Forks  1875 – present

 

County Courthouse – Grand Forks

 

Location:  124 South 4th Street / 1st Avenue South

Built:  1913 – 1914

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Buechner & Orth of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  Ingemann Company of St. Paul, Minnesota

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story gray colored limestone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The building is constructed with limestone and iron. Two double stone Corinthian columns rise from the second story to the third story at each entrance doorway on the east and west sides..On the north side are four sets of double Corinthian columns rising from the second story to the third story. On the center of the roof rises a round cast iron dome seated on a round limestone tower with windows and topped by a statue of “Justice” holding the legal scale in her left hand and the sword of justice in her right hand. The interior rotunda area of first story is not open to the skylight above, but the halls have blue marble wainscoting and terrazzo floors. The rotunda of the upper two stories feature a functional art glass skylight, plaster pilasters, festoons, and murals within the tympanums of the four arches forming the skylight vault. Second story ceilings are coffered and richly molded, and are supported by pilasters with full entablatures, cartouches and patera ornamentation. Throughout the interior is fine oak woodwork. The upper two stories have terrazzo floors and white and pink marble wainscoting. The courtrooms are located on the third story. On the south side is the Law Enforcement Building.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was a two story building built in 1879. The building was demolished to make way for the present courthouse which cost $167,440 to construct.

 

See:  The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

County Administration – Grand Forks

 

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Location:  151 South 4th Street / 1st Avenue South

Built:  1997 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Schoen Associates

Contractor:  M A Mortenson

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a six story structure. The building is located on the north side of the courthouse. The south front has a recessed center section. The building is tiered at the top. The roof line is flat. The first story has an entrance lobby. The building is named as the Grand Forks County Office Building.

 

Courthouses: 

N – Walsh County

E – Marshall County, Minnesota and Polk County, Minnesota

S – Traill County and Steele County

W – Nelson County

 

                       

 

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County Courthouse

 

 

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Picture 1879 Courthouse

 

 

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County Office Building

 

 

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Photos taken 2006, 2008, 2016 and 2018