Douglas County

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Douglas County is named for Stephen A Douglas, who was a United States Senator from Illinois.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saint Louis County, Minnesota and Lake Superior 

E – Bayfield County

S – Washburn County and Burnnett County

W – Pine County, Minnesota, Carlton County, Minnesota and Saint Louis County, Minnesota

 

Created:  February 9, 1854                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County

County Seat: 

Superior  1854 – present

 

County Courthouse – Superior

 

Location:  1313 Belknap Street / Hammond Avenue

Built:  1918 – 1919

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Royer & Radcliff

Contractor:  Fleischer Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a gray colored stoneand concrete  three story rectangular structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Superior. The building is constructed with Bedford blue cut stone and Pavanazza marble. On the first story the stone facing is horizontal with arched windows. Along the south front are eight stone columns rising from the second to third story. A wide stone trim surrounds the roof line. Three stories of offices and courtrooms are organized around a multi-storied light court in the center of the building, with balconies on the upper stories overlooking the space. At either end of the court, double stairs leading to a single flight rise between the floors. Encased with marble, the stairways are ornamented with metal spoke-like panels between the marble rails. On the north side is the County Administration Building.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Douglas County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1854 and Superior was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1871 at 25th Avenue East and East Fifth Street. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1919 at a cost of $600,000.

 

County Administration Building – Superior

 

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Location:  1409 Hammond Avenue / Belknap Street

Built:  2000 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  D C Architects

Contractor:  Reuben Johnson & Son, Inc. and Lakehead Constructors, Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Superior and is called the “Government Center” and is connected on the south side to the courthouse. There is a high center atrium with county offices on the east side and Superior City Hall offices on the west side. The north entrance is recessed and has a lerge glass section above the entrance. The roof line is flat.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Superior

 

 

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County Administration Building – Superior

 

 

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Photos taken 2007 and 2010