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
Gibraltar 1841 – 1857
Sturgeon Bay 1851 – present
County Courthouse – Sturgeon Bay
Location: 421 Nebraska Street / South 4th Avenue
Built: 1878 – 1879
Architect: H C Koch and G A Graebert of Milwaukee
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.
E – Lake Michigan
S – Kewaunee County
Photos taken 2007