Door County

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Door County is named for a dangerous strait near the peninsula which was known to the French as “porte des mortes” meaning “door of the dead”.


Created:  February 11, 1851

County Seat: 

Gibraltar          1841 – 1857

Sturgeon Bay  1851 – present


County Courthouse – Sturgeon Bay


Location:  421 Nebraska Street / South 4th Avenue

Built:  1878 – 1879

Style:  Modern

Architect:  H C Koch and G A Graebert of Milwaukee

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story sand colored brick structure. The building was remodeled in 1920. The building was rebuilt in 1958. The architect was Theodore Oudenvoven., and in 1975 a three story addition was added. In 1990 to 1992, the old part of the building which had been built in 1878, was demolished and a modern addition added. The entrance on the west side is a one story concrete and glass lobby with a silver roof. The complex is called the “Government Center” and the County Offices are along the south side.



N – Lake Michigan

E – Lake Michigan 

S – Kewaunee County

W – Oconto County and Marinette County







Photos taken 2007