Ward County is named for Mark Ward ( 1844-1902 ) of Kimball, Brule County, South Dakota, who was the chairman of the House committee on counties.
Created: April 14, 1885
Burlington 1885 – 1888
Minot 1888 – present
County Courthouse – Minot
Location: 315 3rd Street Southeast / 4th Avenue Southeast
Built: 1929 – 1930
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Toltz, King & Day of St. Paul, Minnesota
Contractor: Olson & Orheim of Minot
Description: The building faces west and is a three story white-gray colored limestone structure. The building is located in the center of the city. On the second and third stories are long narrow windows. The west front has an entrance area and steps of stone. The entrance doorway is small. The north and south wings extend from the building. The roof line is flat.
See: The architect, Toltz, King & Day of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.
Note: The previous courthouse was built by Hirant Van Wagoner in 1890. An addition was designed by W C Albrant and built in 1904.
County Administration – Minot
Location: 225 3rd Street Southeast / 3rd Avenue Southeast
Built: 2013 – 2015
Architect: JLG Architects of Grand Forks
Contractor: Mattson Construction Company of Minot
Description: The building faces west and is a four story glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of the city on the north side of the courthouse. The north section is four stories with vertical windows and the south section is three stories with curved black colored glass exterior. The section are joined by a glass atrium. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Ward County Government Center and houses the Ward County Library.
E – McHenry County
S – McLean County
Picture 1890 County Courthouse
Photos taken 2007 and 2016