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Calhoun County

Calhoun County is named for John C Calhoun, who was a southern statesman and Vice Present of the United States.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Barry County and Eaton County

E – Jackson County

S – Hillsdale County and Branch County

W – Kalamazoo County


Created:  October 19, 1829                    Map of Michigan highlighting Calhoun County

County Seat:

Marshall  1833 – present


County Justice Center – Battle Creek


Location:  161 East Michigan Street / North Jay Street

Built:  1993 – 1994

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Cain Associates

Contractor:  Walbridge Aldinger


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a four story glass, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Battle Creek. The building is sheeted with dark brown colored glass. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 37th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. 


Former County Courts Building  – Battle Creek


Location:  67 East Michigan Avenue / North Division Street

Built:  1905 – 1907

Style:  Classical

Architect:  Albert Kahn of Detroit

Contractor:  Charles A Howind


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a one story stone, brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Battle Creek and is 112 feet long and 75 feet wide. There are large arched windows. Stone quoins run along the corners, and a stone balustrade and a denticulated stone cornice run across the top of the flat roof line. An addition was constructed in 1930 to 1931 doubling the size. The court occupied the building in 1979 until 1994.


County Courthouse – Marshall



Location:  315   West Green Street / South Park Avenue

Built:  1953 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Lewis J Sarvis

Contractor:  Floyd J Skidmore


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story glass and concrete structure.  The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Marshall. has glass walls divided by vertical narrow concrete dividers. The roof line is flat. The building now houses the County Administration. The building was constructed around the 1875 courthouse.


 History:  The county was created in 1829 and Marshall was named as the county seat in 1833 when the county was organized. The court met in a schoolhouse and local hotels. The first courthouse was a brick structure built in 1837 to 1838 at a cost of $25,000. The second courthouse was designed by E E Myers of Detroit in 1875 at a cost of $50,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1953 to 1955 at a cost of $1,550,000. In 1979, the court moved to the old Post Office in Battle Creek. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1993 to 1994 at a cost of $39,100,000.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Justice Center – Battle Creek







County Courthouse – Marshall







Photos taken 2008