La Crosse County is named for the native Indian game of “la crosse”.
Created: March 1, 1851
La Crosse 1851 – present
County Courthouse – La Crosse
Location: 333 Vine Street / 3rd Street North
Built: 1994 – 1997
Architect: Dana Larson Roubal & Associates / DLR Group
Contractor: Market & Johnson, Inc.
Description: The building faces south and is a three story buff and red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of the city. The south side has a projecting one story glass entrance. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat. The courtrooms are located on the second story. In 2008 to 2011, an addition was added on the north side. The architect was Potter Lawson / River Architects and the contractor was Market & Johnson.
Old County Courthouse – La Crosse
Location: 412 6th Street North / Pine Street
Built: 1964 – 1965
Architect: Hackner, Schroeder and Associates
Contractor: Peter Nelson & Son
Description: The building faces east and is a three story contemporary concrete and glass structure. The building is located in the center of the city to the northeast of the courthouse. On the east side is a portico supported by concrete pillars. The windows form horizontal bands around the building. The roof line is flat. Until 1997, the building served as the courthouse. In 2016, the building was converted into housing and a fourth story was added.
Note: The first courthouse was a wood frame structure built in 1851. The second courthouse was designed by C J Ross and built by William Listman in 1867. The third courthouse was designed by Hugo Schick and Andrew Roth and constructed by Peter Nelson & Sons in 1903. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1964 to 1965 and is now the County Administration.
County Office Building – La Crosse
Location: 300 4th Street North / Vine Street
Built: 1987 – 1990
Architect: HSR Associates, Inc. of Madison
Contractor: Fowler & Hammer, Inc. of La Crosse
Description: The building faces south and is a four story contemporary buff colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of the city to the east of the courthouse. The southwest side has a central entrance with semicircular projecting section. The windows are horizontal and the roof line is flat.
E – Monroe County
S – Vernon County
Picture 1851 Courthouse
Picture 1867 Courthouse
Picture 1903 Courthouse
Bell 1903 Courthouse
Old County Courthouse
County Office Building
Photos taken 2006, 2010 and 2019