Brown County

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Brown County is named for Major General Jacob Brown, who was the commanding general of the United States Army from 1815 to 1828.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Oconto County

E – Kewaunee County 

S – Manitowoc County and Calumet County

W – Outagamie County and Shawano County


Created:  October 26, 1818                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Brown County

County Seat: 

Menomineeville (Allouez)  1818 – 1837

De Pere                             1837 – 1854

Green Bay                         1854 – present


County Courthouse – Green Bay


Location:  100 South Jefferson Avenue / East Walnut Street

Built:  1908 – 1911

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota

Contractor:  General Construction Company of Milwaukee


Description:  The building faces east and is a four story buff colored brick, stone  and concrete structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Green Bay and is constructed of Marquette raindrop stone with Bedford limestone superstructure and a gray granite base. There are four entrances surmounted by two story Ionic columns. The main entrance faces east and projects farther and has slightly taller pediment. On the center of the roof is the copper covered dome and clock tower containing the original Seth Thomas clock. In the interior there is a rotunda in the center under the dome. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial Circuit. The superintendent was J A Murphy. The building was restored from 1988 to 1993 and an addition was constructed on the west side. The architect was CPR & Associates of DePere and the contractor was P G Miron.


See:  The architect Charles E Bell of Minneapolis, Minnesota designed many courthouses.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Brown County Courthouse


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Door County, Kewaunee County, Marinette County, Oconto County, Outagamie County and Waupaca County.


History:  The county was created in 1818 as part of the Michigan Territory and Menomineeville (Allouez) was selected as the county seat. The second county created was Crawford CountyThe first courthouse was a log structure erected in Menomineeville (Allouez) in 1825. The county became part of the Wisconsin Territory in 1836 and the county seat moved to De Pere in 1837 and the log courthouse was moved to the new location. The second was erected in 1838 at George Street and Wisconsin Street at a cost of $5,740. The building burned in 1871. The county seat was moved to Green Bay in 1854. The third courthouse was constructed by Kemnitz Brothers in 1866. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed 1908 to 1911 at a cost of $318,798.




County Courthouse – Green Bay








































Photos taken 2007 and 2011