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Luce County

Luce County is named for Cyrus G Luce, who was a Governor of Michigan.


Surrounding County and Canada Courthouses: 

N – Lake Superior and Ontario, Canada

E – Chippewa County

S – Mackinac County

W – Schoolcraft County and Alger County


Created:  Mach 1, 1887                          Map of Michigan highlighting Luce County

County Seat:

Newberry  1887 – present


County Courthouse – Newberry  


Location:  407 West Harrie Street / East Court Street

Built:  1974 – 1975

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Gordon Buitendorp Associates Inc. of Holland

Contractor:  Omega Construction Company Inc.of Grandville


Description:  The building faces south and is a one story buff-red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Newberry. The building has a square wing having narrow vertical windows. The northeast wing has the same narrow vertical windows and a pitched yellow colored roof. Both sections have a dark brown colored horizontal band below the dark brown colored roof line. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the east side in the center of the building. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 11th Judicial District, County District Court and County Probate Court. An addition was added in 1978 and 1979. The architect was G. Arntzen & Company of Escanaba. On the west side of the courthouse is the old Sheriff Residence and Jail designed by Lovejoy & DeMar and constructed in 1894.


See:  The contractor, Omega Construction Company Inc.of Grandville, constructed courthouses in Antrim County, Emmet County and Schoolcraft County.


See:  The 11th Judicial District includes Alger CountyMackinac County and Schoolcraft County.


History: The county was created in 1887 and Newberry was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was designed by J B Sweatt and built by Alexander Main in 1890. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1974 to 1975.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Newberry





Old Sheriff Residence – Newberry







Photos taken 2008