Logan County

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Logan

Logan County is named for John Alexander Logan, a general in the Civil War and United Sates Senator.

 

Created:  February 25, 1887

County Seat:

Sterling  1889 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sterling

 

Location:  315 Main Street / South 4th Street

Built:  1999 – 1910

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  John James Huddart of Denver

Contractor:  Kaepernik & Jenkins

 

Description: The building faces north and is a three story buff colored brick structure. In the center is a large octagonal white colored dome. Dormers are on the third story roof. White colored stone trim decorates the corners of the building. At the north front is a small portico at the entrance. The base is white stone. Inside there is an open rotunda under the dome.

 

See:  The architect, John J Huddart of Denver, Colorado, designed courthouses in Colorado in  Arapahoe County, Cheyenne County, Custer County, Elbert County,  Saguache County, Summit County and Washington County and in Nebraska in Deuel County and Garden County.

 

Note:  The courthouse is a single, detached structure rectangular in shape, but with many projections. The structure has two and one-half stories set over a full basement, part of which rises above the ground. The main or north facade has eleven bays with others set inside the projections. The south facade has nine bays, the east facade seven bays, and the west facade seven bays. The building material is primarily beige-white brick set in courses of stretcher bond accentuated with white, terra cotta quoins. The structure has a low hipped roof.

 

Entry occurs through doorways in the center of each facade. The entries on the north, east, and west are raised to the level of the first floor, while the entrance through the south facade or rear of the building is on the ground level. The steps, reddish in color, are made of St. Vrain sandstone. The windows are primarily two-sashed and double-hung, some with a transom. In the roof there is a metallic dome in the center, a single chimney set off center, and one dormer above each facade.

 

The decorative elements are elaborate. The main entrance has a triangular pediment with a centered, ornate medallion and an exaggerated terra cotta keystone. The iron grillwork on the transom has a scallop design which is repeated in metalwork in the interior. Paired, freestanding Corinthian columns flank the double doors. The east, west, and south entrances are less elaborate. The windows on the first floor have radiating voussoirs with keystone and lugsills made of terra cotta. The windows on the second floor have flat arches with keystones. Quoins grace all the corners in the structure—even the chimney and dormers. An entablature separates the basement from the first floor. Another circles the structure above the second floor, but below the galvanized tin cornice and frieze of dentils. The entablature on the north facade is deeply incised with the words “Logan County Courthouse.”

 

The interior has fifty rooms, but is dominated by a great rotunda inside the main entrance. The floors have Colorado Yule marble in the foyers and hexagonal ceramic tile in the central areas and in some offices on the main level. In the main foyer there is an ornate floral design of black hexagonal tile which outlines an elaborate letter “L”. In the main area the woodwork and trim are of oak. The stairways, railings and bannisters are of iron which repeats the scallop design of the exterior trim. Two elaborate metal columns, used as newel posts, are located on either side of the main stairway. Decorative crown molding in an egg and dart pattern occurs throughout the central hall, while a pair of Corinthian and Ionic columns grace the hall archways on the north and south. Most rooms have Texas pine for flooring. On the third floor the woodwork and paneling is birch. Etched glass in a floral motif is encased in the court room doors.

 

Note:  The first courthouse was built in 1889. The cost of construction of the present courthouse was $100,000.

 

County Justice Center – Sterling

 

Location:  110 North Riverview Road / Grand Army of the Republic Highway

Built:  2001 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Reily Johnson Architects

Contractor:  FCI Contractors.

 

Description: The building faces west and is a two story buff colored brick  structure.  The building is located on the east side of the city. The roof line is flat.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Logan County Courthouse

 

Courthouses: 

N – Kimball County, Nebraska and Cheyenne County, Nebraska

E – Sedgwick County and Phillips County

S – Washington County and Morgan County

W – Morgan County and Weld County

 

 

 

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Photos taken 2007