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Shiawassee County

Shiawassee County is named for the Shiawassee River and means in the Native American language “river that twists about”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saginaw County

E – Genesee County

S – Livingston County and Ingham County

– Clinton County


Created:  September 10, 1831               Map of Michigan highlighting Shiawassee County

County Seat:

Byron       1837

Corunna  1837 – present


County Courthouse – Corunna


Location:  208 North Shiawassee Street / East McArthur Street

Built:  1903 – 1904

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:   Claire Allen of Jackson

Contractor:  George Rickman and Sons of Kalamazoo


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story limestone and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Corunna. The building is constructed of Bedford limestone. On the west side is a large portico supported by four high white colored Corinthian columns with a decorative pediment at the roof line. The cornice projects along the roof line. On the center of the roof is an elegant clock tower with Corinthian columns and domed roof. In the interior there is a rotunda under the clock tower which is ringed with elegant metalwork railings. The stairway has similar railings. There is a large mural depicting free speech and free press. On the second story is the courtroom which is oak paneled and features elaborate stenciling and murals. The ceiling has a large dome with stained glass and paintings of twelve winged female  figures holding the sign of the zodiac. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 35th Judicial District. 


See:  The architect, Claire Allen of Jackson, also designed courthouses in Gratiot County, Hillsdale County and Van Buren County.


See:  Odin J Oyen of La Crosse, Wisconsin painted murals in the courthouses located in Iowa – Osceola CountyMinnesota – Grant CountyNorth Dakota – Cass CountySouth Dakota –  Brown County and Yankton Countyand Wisconsin – La Crosse County (demolished), Lafayette County, Langlade County and Manitowoc County.


County Judicial Center – Corunna



Location:  110 East Mack Street / North Shiawassee Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:   Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces north and is a one story brown colored brick and concrete structure. The roof line is flat.


History:  The county was created in 1822 and Byron was selected as the county seat when the county was organized. In same year, the county seat was moved to Corunna. The court first met in a schoolhouse and then at the house of Lucius W Beach. Later the court had space above the store of Gould, Fish and Company. In 1839, a wooden office building was built by Stephen Hawkins at a cost of $383. In 1850, the first courthouse, a two story brick structure was built by George O Backman at a cost of $4,500. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1903 to 1904 at a cost of $140,000.


See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky



County Courthouse – Corunna

















County Judicial Center – Corunna



Photos taken 2008