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Menard County

Menard County is named for Pierre Menard, who was the first Lieutenant Governor of Illinois.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Mason County

E – Logan County

S – Sangamon County

W – Cass County

 

Created:  February 15, 1839                                                      Map of Illinois highlighting Menard County

County Seat:

Petersburg 1839 – present

 

County Courthouse – Petersburg

 

Location:  102 South 7th Street / Douglas Street

Built:  1896 – 1897

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  George H Miller and James E Fiske of Bloomington

Contractor:  M Yeager & Son of Danville

 

Description: The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Petersburg. The first story is white colored course stone and the upper stories are red colored sandstone. The east front has a large arch around the doorway. On the center of the roof is a round dome with round windows and a green colored roof. The courtroom is located on the second story. 

 

See:  The contractor, Magnus Yeager & Son of Danville also constructed the courthouse in Vermilion County.

 

See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Adams County, Brown CountyCalhoun County, Cass County, Mason County, Pike County and Schuyler County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1839 and Petersburg was selected ast the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story Greek Revival structure designed and built by Henry Dresser in 1843 to 1844 at a cost of $6,630. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1896 to 1897 at a cost of $44,000.

 

 

County Courthouse – Petersburg

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Minutes 1896 – contractor

Photos taken 2007 and 2012