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Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County is named for the Native American word “wash-ten-ong” meaning “at or on the river”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Livingston County and Oakland County

E – Wayne County

S – Monroe County and Lenawee County

W – Ingham County

 

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

County Seat:

Ann Arbor  1826 – present

 

County Courthouse – Ann Arbor 

 

Location:  101 East Huron Street / North Main Street

Built:  1954 – 1955

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti

Contractor:  A W Kutsche & Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story white colored stone, glass and concrete structure. The building is “L” shaped. with a south and west wing. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Ann Arbor. The southwest section has a central entrance with glass panels rising to the flat roof line. The southeast section has glass walls. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 22nd Judicial District. The building was constructed around the old courthouse which was demolished.

 

Note:  The previous courthouse was designed by G W Bunting of Indianapolis, Indiana and constructed by McCormick & Sweeny of Columbus, Indiana in 1877 to 1878. The cost of construction was $83,000.  The present courthouse was constructed around the old courthouse which was later demolished.

 

See: The architect,  Ralph S Gerganoff of Ypsilanti, designed courthouses  in Alcona County, Allegan County, Arenac County and Charlevoix County, and with Stephen T Gerganoff of Ypsilanti in Huron County.

 

History:  The county was created in 1822 and Ann Arbor was selected as the county seat in 1826 when the county was organized. Court convened at the residence of Erastus Priest in 1827The first courthouse was a two-story brown colored brick structure built by John Bryan in 1834 at a cost of $5,350. The second courthouse was designed by G W Bunting of Indianapolis, Indiana and built by McCormick & Sweeeney of Columbus, Indianain 1877 at a cost of $83,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1954 to 1955.

 

See:  Michigan’s County Courthouses by John Fedynsky

 

Other Branch Courthouses

 

Chelsea  /  Saline  /  Ypsilanti

 

 

County Courthouse – Ann Arbor 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008