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Genesee County

Genesee County is named for Genesee County in New York which was the home of most of the original settlers in the area.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saginaw County and Tuscola County

E – Lapeer County and Oakland County

S – Oakland County and Livingston County 

W – Shiawassee County and Saginaw County


Created:  March 28, 1835                       Map of Michigan highlighting Genesee County

County Seat:

Flint  1836 – present


County Courthouse – Flint  


Location:  900 South Saginaw Street / West Court Street

Built:  1925– 1926

Style:  Neo-Classical Revival

Architect:  Frederick D Madison of Royal Oak

Contractor:  Paterson Construction


Description:  The building faces east and is a five story concrete frame faced with gray Indiana limestone structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Flint. The first and second stories have horizontal limestone with the entrance in the center of the east side. On the third and fourth stories, there are eight stone columns dividing the windows. The flat roof line projects from the building. In the interior, the first story has an entrance lobby withb marble walls. The staircases has wrought iron railings. There are seven courtrooms with three large courtrooms on the third story, three small courtrooms on the fifth story and a Circuit Court courtroom on the south side of the first story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 7th Judicial District and County Probate Court. In 1999 to 2001, a four story addition was constructed on the west side. The building faces west and is a buff colored brick, concrete and stone structure. The west front has a curved front with high square pillars on the first story. The building is named as the Frank L MacAvinchey Building. The architect was CHMP, Inc. and the contractor was Sorensen Gross Construction Company Inc.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Genesee County Courthouse


County Courts Building – Flint  


Location:  630 South Saginaw Street / West 3rd Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a two story buff colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Flint to the north of the courthouse. The roof line is flat.  The building houses the County District Court. The building is named as the Floyd J McCrea Courts and Human Services Building. 


History:  The county was created in 1835 and Flint was selected as the county seat in 1836. The county was attached to Oakland County for judicial purposes. The county occupied the upper story of Stage & Wright’s store and the hall above the store owned by Benjamin Pearson. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1838. The courthouse was destroyed by fire on February 21, 1866. The second courthouse was a brick structure built in 1867 at a cost of $50,244. The third courthouse was constructed by Reed Brothers Contracting in 1905 at a cost of $100,000. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1925 to 1926 at a cost of $710,000.


County Administration Building – Flint  



Location:  1101 Beech Street / East 7th Street

Built:  1967– 1969

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Sedgewick–Sellers & Associates Inc.

Contractor:  Erickson & Lindstrom Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story buff concrete and glass structure. Thee building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Flint to the south of the courthouse. 


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Flint



































County Administration Building – Flint







Photos taken 2008 and 2018