Pierce County is named for Gilbert Ashville Pierce ( 1839-1901 ), who was a governor of the Dakota Territory from 1889 to 1891, and later one of North Dakota’s first United States Senators.
Created: March 11, 1887
Rugby 1889 – present
County Courthouse – Rugby
Location: 240 2nd Avenue Southeast / 2nd Street Southeast
Built: 1908 – 1910
Style: Beaux Arts
Architect: Buechner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota
Contractor: Alex Nelson
Description: The building faces north and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the In the center of the city. On the roof is a dome with silver colored roof topped by a smaller dome. The north front has a Greek style portico supported by two large stone columns. The interior has fine dark red colored marble wainscoting and pink colored marble rotunda pilasters. The rotunda skylight remains intact and is illuminated by natural light from above, and the rotunda is especially rich in stencil wall treatments and four fine murals depicting historic scenes of the area. The courtroom has been altered by installation of acoustical tile in the recesses of the coffered ceiling, but otherwise retains its fine woodwork, furnishings, light fixtures, and mural. Two rooms in the basement and first floor have been altered by installation of wooden partition walls.
See: The architect, Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
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Photos taken 2007 and 2016