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Goodhue County

Goodhue County is named for James Madison Goodhue, who was the first printer and editor in Minnesota.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Dakota County and  Pierce County, Wisconsin 

E – Pepin County, Wisconsin and Buffalo County, Wisconsin and Wabasha County

S – Olmsted County and Dodge County

– Rice County

 

Created:  March 5, 1853                         Map of Minnesota highlighting Goodhue County

County Seat:

Red Wing  1853 – present

 

County Courthouse – Red Wing

 

Location:  509 West 5th Street / East Avenue

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  Buechner and Orth of Minneapolis and E D Corwin

Contractor:  Standard Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces northwest and is a three story gray colored limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Red Wing. The building has flattened fluted pilasters at the central entrance. There is an incised figure of Justice and other decorations across the face of the building. The windows are recessed between vertical dividers. In the interior, the County District Court courtroom is located on the west side of the third story.the second story and used to rise 28 feet into the third story. There are two courtrooms on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 1st Judicial District.

 

See:  The architect Buechiner & Orth of St. Paul, Minnesota designed many courthouses.

 

County Justice Center – Red Wing

 

 

Location:  454 West 6th Street / East Avenue

Built:  1998 – 1999

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Wold Architect and Engineers of Saint Paul

Contractor:  Bor-San Construction Company of Minneapolis

 

Description:  The building faces southeast and is a three story red colored brick, concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the courthouse, in the center of Red Wing. The southeast front has a semi-circular portico with semi-circular glass section above. The windows are vertical and narrow. The roof line is flat. In the interior, the County District Court courtrooms are located on the third story.the second story and used to rise 28 feet into the third story. There are two courtrooms on the third story. The building houses the County District Court of the 1st Judicial District.

 

See:  The 1st Judicial District includes Carver County, Dakota County Le Sueur CountyMcLeod County, Scott County and Sibley County               

      

History:  The county was created in 1853 and Red Wing was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was the law office of Philander Sanford in 1854. The second courthouse was a brick structure designed by Knight & Thompson and built by David C Hill in 1859 at a cost of $26,666. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1931 to 1932 at a cost of $275,000. The County Justice Center was constructed in 1998 to 1999,

 

 

County Courthouse – Red Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Justice Center – Red Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County District Court courtroom

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2008, 2010 and 2019