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DuPage County

DuPage County is named for the DuPage River which is named after a Frenchman, DuPage, who had a station on the banks of the river.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Cook County 

E – Cook County 

S – Cook County and Will County

W – Kane County

 

Created:  February 9, 1839                                                        Map of Illinois highlighting DuPage County

County Seat:

Naperville   1839 – 1867

Wheaton     1867 – present

 

County Courthouse – Wheaton

 

Location:  503 / 505 North Country Farm Road / Manchester Road

Built:  1989 – 1990

Style:   Modern

Architect:  Wight and Company Inc. and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum, Inc.

Contractor:  J A Jones Construction

 

Description:  The buildings are four story buff brick, glass and concrete structures. There are two rectangular shaped buildings located on the spacious landscaped grounds of the Government Complex located on the west side of the center of Wheaton. One of the buildings faces north with the south side along a pond. The central entrance is rounded with brown colored brickwork above the first story canopy. The fourth story has horizontal windows. The other building faces west and is along the east of the complex. Both buildings house the County Circuit Court of the 18th Judicial Circuit. The buildings are named as the Henry J Hyde Judicial Facility. 

 

County Administration Building – Wheaton

 

 

Location:  421 North Country Farm Road / Manchester Road

Built:  1971 – 1973

Style:   Modern

Architect:  Graham Anderson Probst White

Contractor:  Wll-freds Inc.

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story dark red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the west side of the Government Complex and faces east.

 

Old County Courthouse – Wheaton

 

 

Location:  201 Raber Street / East Liberty Drive

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:

Architect:  Mifflin Emien Bell

Contractor:  C A Moses

 

Description: The building faces west and is a three story dark red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Wheaton,  The building has a large arch at the central entrance with recessed doorway. Above the entrance are two narrow towers with turrets. On the center of the roof is a high square brick clock tower with peaked roof. The building was converted into apartments.

 

See:  The architect, Mifflin Emien Bell also designed the courthouse in Mercer County, and courthouses in Iowa in Marion County and in Wisconsin in Monroe County. 

 

See:  National Register of historic Places – DuPage County Courthouse

 

History:  The county was created in 1839 and Naperville was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story structure built in 1840 and the site is located at 194 West Benton Street in Naperville. In 1867 the county seat was moved to Wheaton. The second courthouse was built in 1867. The third courthouse was constructed in 1896 to 1897. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1989 to 1990.

 

 

County Courthouse – Wheaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Wheaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Wheaton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008