Waukesha County

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Waukesha

Waukesha County is named for a Potawatomi Native American word meaning “little foxes”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dodge County and Washington County 

E – Milwaukee County

S – Racine County and Walworth County

W – Jefferson County

 

Created: January 31, 1846                                                               Map of Wisconsin showing Waukesha County

County Seat: 

Waukesha  1846 – present

 

County Courthouse – Waukesha

 

Location:  515 West Moreland Boulevard / Pewaukee Road

Built:  1958 – 1959

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Foss and Jansma, Inc.

Contractor:  Oliver Construction Company of Oconomowoc

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story glass, brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waukesha. The building is “L” shaped and the center section is glass with vertical dividers. The entrance is also glass and extends from the main building. On the west side is a three story wing with the third story recessed and horizontal windows. The roof line is flat. In 1989, the Justice Center was completed in the Government Complex. On the east side is the brown brick County Administration.

 

County Administration – Waukesha

 

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Location: 1320 Pewaukee Road / West Moreland Boulevard

Built:  Unlnown

Style:  Modern

Architect: Unknown

Contractor: Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story buff and brown colored brick. glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waukesha on the east side of the courthouse.. The roof line is flat.

 

Old County Courthouse – Waukesha

 

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Location:  101 West Main Street / North East Avenue

Built:  1892 – 1893

Style:  Richardsonian Romanesque

Architect:  Charles H Rau & Robert George Kirsch

Contractor:  H C Hartwell

 

Description:  The building faces north and is a three story gray colored limestone structure. The building faces north and was completed in 1893. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waukesha. The north front has a large arched entrance at the center, A square tower rises above the roof line with small cupola at the top. The corners have turrets with conical roofs. The west wing was constructed in 1938 to 1939 and connects with the old County Jail built in 1858. The building now houses a museum.

 

See:  The architect, Robert Geoege Kirsch designed courthouses in Missouri in Adair CountyCarroll CountyCooper County, Polk County and Vernon County, in Texas in Hemphill County and Randall Countyand in Wisconsin in Oconto County

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Waukesha County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1846 and Waukesha ( Prairieville ) was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story Greek Revival structure built in 1848 to 1849. The second courthouse was constructed in 1892 to 1893 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1958 to 1959 at a cost of $2,670,500.

 

 

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County Courthouse - Waukesha

 

 

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County Administration – Waukesha

 

 

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Old County Courthouse - Waukesha

 

 

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Photos taken 2007