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Douglas County

Douglas County is named for Stephen A Douglas, who was a United States Senator from Illinois.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Saint Louis County, Minnesota and Lake Superior 

E – Bayfield County

S – Washburn County and Burnett County

W – Pine County, Minnesota, Carlton County, Minnesota and Saint Louis County, Minnesota


Created:  February 9, 1854                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Douglas County

County Seat: 

Superior  1854 – present


County Courthouse – Superior


Location:  1313 Belknap Street / Hammond Avenue

Built:  1918 – 1919

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Royer & Radcliff

Contractor:  Fleischer Construction Company


Description:  The building faces south and is three story tan colored Bedford limestone, steel and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Superior. The building is constructed with Bedford blue cut stone and Pavanazza marble. On the first story the stone facing is horizontal with arched windows. Along the south front are eight stone Ionic columns rising from the second to third story. On the parapet, two large panels feature griffins and shields. A wide stone trim surrounds the flat roof line. In the interior, three stories of offices and courtrooms are organized around a multi-storied light court in the center of the building, with balconies on the upper stories overlooking the space. At either end of the court, double stairs leading to a single flight rise between the floors. Encased with marble, the stairways are ornamented with metal spoke-like panels between the marble rails. The floors of the lobby feature a variegated tile surface, and the walls of all three stories (as well as the entry vestibules and the corridors leading off the light court) are wainscoted in the same marble. A variety of decorative panels, moldings, and inlays enrich the walls. Illuminating the interior court, leaded glass skylights, ornamented with stained glass, are set within the paneled ceiling, with decorative bosses at the intersection of the ribs. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 10th Judicial District. On the north side is the County Administration Building.


See:  The architect Joseph W Royer of Urbana, Illinois designed courthouses in Illinois in Bureau CountyChampaign CountyClay County, Douglas County, Ford CountyGrundy CountyMarion County, Piatt County and Richland Countyand in iowa in Linn County


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Douglas County Courthouse


See:  The 10th Judicial District includes Ashland CountyBarron County, Bayfield County, Burnett CountyChippewa County, Dunn County, Eau Claire CountyPolk County, Rusk County, Saint Croix County, Sawyer County and Washburn County


History:  The county was created in 1854 and Superior was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story frame structure built in 1871 at 25th Avenue East and East Fifth Street. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1918 to 1919 at a cost of $600,000.


County Administration Building – Superior



Location:  1409 Hammond Avenue / Belknap Street

Built:  2000 – 2003

Style:  Modern

Architect:  D C Architects

Contractor:  Reuben Johnson & Son, Inc. and Lakehead Constructors, Inc.


Description:  The building faces north and is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Superior and is called the “Government Center” and is connected on the south side to the courthouse. There is a high center atrium with county offices on the east side and Superior City Hall offices on the west side. The north entrance is recessed and has a large glass section above the entrance. The roof line is flat.



County Courthouse – Superior

















County Administration Building – Superior









Photos taken 2007 and 2010