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Lenawee County

Lenawee County is named for the Native American word meaning “male” or “man”, from the Delaware word “leno” or “lenno” or the Shawnee word “leanawai”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Jackson County and Washtenaw County

E – Monroe County

S – Lucas County, Ohio and Fulton County, Ohio

W – Hillsdale County

 

Created:  September 10, 1822               Map of Michigan highlighting Lenawee County

County Seat:

Tecumseh  1826 – 1838

Adrian        1838 – present

 

County Courthouse – Adrian

 

Location:  301 North Main Street / East Maple Avenue

Built:  1884 – 1885

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Edward Oscar Fallis of Toledo, Ohio

Contractor:  Avery Knapp & Company and Allen & Van Tassel

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and stone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Adrian. The foundation is of rusticated stone, and rises six feet from the ground. The building has a projecting central section on the east side with a large rounded arch rising to the top of the second story with a third story section with peaked roof. The building widens in stages to the main section. On the center of the roof is a high square ornate tower with round white colored cupola at the top. There are classic reliefs and terra-cotta trim. In the interior, the layout is cruciform in shape. The first story has a floor made of tiles laid in geometric patterns. Two grand staircases lead to the second story, located on each side of the center hallway. The staircases have Georgia yellow pine as does the wainscoting. The courtroom which now houses the Commissioners is located on the west side of the second story and has a high ceiling and woodwork. 

 

See:  The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Paulding County, Ohio.

 

See: The architect, Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, Ohio also designed the courthouses in Monroe County; and in Illinois in Schuyler County, in Indiana in Noble Countyin Kansas in Montgomery County; and in Ohio in Paulding County, and in Williams County

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Lenawee County Courthouse

 

County Judicial Building – Adrian

 

 

Location:  425   North Main Street / East Maple Avenue

Built:  1978 – 1979

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wigen, Tincknell & Associates of Saginaw

Contractor:  Elzinga & Volkers, Inc. of Holland

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a four story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Adrian on the north side of the courthouse. The east and west wings are three stories. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 39th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. The building is the Rex B Martin Judicial Building. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1822 and Tecumseh was selected as the county seat in 1826 when the county was organized. In 1838, the county seat was moved to Adrian. The first courthouse was built in 1837 in Adrian but burned on march 14, 1853. For a number of years the county used rented premises. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1884 to 1885 at a cost of $47,460. The County Judicial Building was constructed in 1978 to 1979 at a cost of $4,200,000.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

 

County Courthouse – Adrian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judicial Building – Adrian

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008 and 2018