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Marinette County

Marinette County is named for Marinette, who was a 19th century Menominee woman trader and who was the daughter of a French Canadian trapper.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Florence County and Dickinson County, Michigan

E – Menominee County, Michigan 

S – Door County and Oconto County

W – Oconto County and Forest County


Created:  February 27, 1879                  Map of Wisconsin highlighting Marinette County

County Seat: 

Marinette  1879 – present


County Courthouse – Marinette


Location:  1926 Hall Avenue / Court Street

Built:  1941 – 1942

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Max Hanisch

Contractor:  County Courthouse Building Committee ( Willard J Harper )


Description:  The building faces south and is a five story yellow colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Marinette. The building has a raised basement. The south entrance has a high rectangular projection with the entrance recessed and recessed windows on the second and third stories. The fourth story is recessed with a small fifth story further recessed in the center of the building. In the interior, the hall are lined with marble. The former courtroom on the north side of the third story has wood paneled walls and now houses the County Commissioner’s Meeting Room. On the east side is the two story glass and concrete County Judicial Center constructed in 1992 to 1993. The building has three County Circuit Court courtroom along the north side of the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 8th Judicial District. The architect was Sommerville & Associates and the contractor was Alfredson Brothers of Menominee, Michigan. On the north side is the Old County Jail which has been converted into offices and the County Resource Center.


Note:  During construction of the courthouse, the County Courthouse Building Committee awarded contracts to Vollbrecht Cut Stone Company for Bedford stone; Western Ornamental Products Company for plastering; Komp Brothers for painting; Wendel Electric Company for electric fixtures; Fred Colburn, John Brazier and William Uecke for stone setting and interior masonry and Northwestern Marble Corporation for marble partitions.


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


History:  The county was created in 1879 and Marinette was selected as the county seat in 1879. The county first met at the office of J A Van Cleve, The first courthouse was a two story brick structure designed by George Clark and built in 1879 to 1880 at a cost of $26,000. Charles Patude had the contract for the basement and the courthouse and jail, and Calix Merchant had the contract for furnishing materials and erecting the super structure. A jail and town hall was built in Amberg in 1894. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1941 to 1942 at a cost of $291,135. The County Judicial Center was constructed in 1992 to 1993.


Old Town Hall / Jail – Amberg



Location:  115065 Grant Street / Coleman Avenue

Built:  1894

Style:  Queen Anne

Architect:  Charles M Maass

Contractor:  Charles M Maass


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story wood frame structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Amberg. The entrance is located on the south side of the east front. On the northeast corner is an octagonal tower with sloped roof. The roof is hipped. In the interior, the building housed the jail and custodian’s living quarters at the rear of the first story while the clerk’s office was in the front portion. The building now houses a museum. 



County Courthouse – Marinette















County Commissioner’s Meeting Room ( former courtroom )













County Judicial Center – Marinette









County Circuit Court courtroom











County Circuit Court courtroom







Old Amberg Town Hall / Jail – Amberg







Photos taken 2007, 2008 and 2022