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Kewaunee County

Kewaunee County is named for a Potawatomi word meaning “river of the lost”, or for an Ojibwe word meaning “prairie hen, wild duck or to go around”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Door County 

E – Lake Michigan 

S – Manitowoc County

W – Brown County


Created:   April 16, 1852                        Map of Wisconsin highlighting Kewaunee County

County Seat: 

Kewaunee  1857 – present


County Courthouse – Kewaunee


Location:  613 Dodge Street / Kilbourn Street

Built:  1901 – 1902

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  A E Reynolds of Green Bay

Contractor:  Rademacher and Lange of Appleton.


Description:  The building faces east and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure The building sits on landscaped grounds at the top of a rise on landscaped gounds in the center of Kewaunee. The east front has a square white colored portico. On either side of the entrance are three story red colored brick towers with white colored balustrade at the top. White colored limestone trims the corners of the old south section of the building. In the interior, the County Circuit Court courtroom is located at the southwest side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial District.The building was enlarged in 1938 with the construction of the north wing. The architect was W C Weeks, Inc. of Sheboygan and the contractor was Jacob Houmes of Sheboygan. In 2008 an addition was constructed on the west side to serve as the main entrance. The architect was Bray Associate Architects  Inc. and the contractor was The Selemer Company. On the south side is the old Sheriff Residence and Jail designed by William Waters and built by John Janda in 1876.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sheriff Residence and Jail


See:  The 8th Judicial District includes Brown CountyDoor County, Marinette County, Oconto County, Outagamie County and Waupaca County.


History:  The county was created in 1852 and Kewaunee was selected as the county seat in 1856. In 1856 Edward Decker built a structure that served as the county office on Ellis Street. The jail was built in 1858 on Courthouse Square and a second story was built in 1859 to serve as the first courthouse. The building was destroyed by fire. The second courthouse was designed by Frank Brunckhorst and Slanson Grimmes & Company and constructed by Joseph Meashek in 1873 to 1874 at a cost of $12,000. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1901 to 1902 at a cost of $35,000.



County Courthouse – Kewaunee

















County Circuit Court courtroom














Old Sheriff Residence and Jail – Kewaunee



Photos taken 2007 and 2022