Rolette County is named for Joseph Rolette, Jr. of Pembina, North Dakota ( 1820-1871 ), who was a fur trader and frontier politician.
Created: January 4, 1873
Rolla 1889 – present
County Courthouse – Rolla
Location: 102 2nd Street Northeast / 1st Avenue Northeast
Built: 1959 – 1960
Architect: Brunner, Hoeffel & Bohrer
Contractor: Mattson Construction Company of Minot
Description: The building faces southwest and is a modern two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city. The southwest front has a small recessed entrance. The building is plain in style with horizontal windows along the first story. The roof line is flat. The courtroom is located on the second story.
Note: The first courthouse was a two story school built in 1902 and converted into a courthouse in 1908.
See: The architect, Brunner, Hoeffel & Bohrer and the contractor, Mattson Construction Company, also designed and constructed the courthouse in Bottineau County.
N – Manitoba, Canada
E – Towner County
S – Pierce County
W – Bottineau County
Photos taken 2007 and 2016