Vilas County is named for William Vilas, who was an officer during the American Civil War, Postmaster General, United States Secretary of the Interior and Senator from Wisconsin.
Created: April 12, 1893
Eagle River 1893 – present
County Courthouse – Eagle River
Location: 330 Court Street / Main Street
Built: 1936 – 1937
Style: Art Deco
Architect: Robert A Messmer & Brother of Milwaukee
Contractor: Works Project Administration
Description: The building faces south and is a two story light buff colored brick structure. The south front has a stone framed entrance projecting from the the center section. The building recesses in tiers and there is a small third story section in the center. The roof line is flat. This was a Works Project Administration project. An addition was added in 1976 and the Justice Center was added in 1998. The building was remodeled in 2002. The architect was P.T.D., Inc. and the contractor was Adolfson & Petersonn Construction.
E – Forest County
S – Oneida County
Photos taken 2007