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Milwaukee County

Milwaukee County is named for the Indian word “milhoke” which means “the good land”, or “gathering place by the water”, or “beautiful or pleasant lands”.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Ozaukee County

E – Lake Michigan 

S – Racine County

W – Waukesha County 


Created:  September 6, 1834                 Map of Wisconsin highlighting Milwaukee County

County Seat: 

Milwaukee  1834 – present


County Courthouse – Milwaukee


Location:  901 North 9th Street / West Wells Street

Built:  1931 – 1932

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Albert Randolph Ross of McKim, Mead and White of New York, New York

Contractor:  S M Siesel Company


Description:  The building faces east and is an eleven story limestone and iron structure. The building sits on a small hill and has three large arched entrances in the center of the east front and arches on the north and south first story. Large stone columns rise from the fourth story. The center section rises higher than the north and south wings. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 1st Judicial Diostrict. During construction, the supervisor was Ostoff-Peterson and the supervising architect was Herbert Kaplan.


Note: Other contracts awarded on May 21, 1929

Andres Stone & Marble Company – cut stone and granite

Worden-Allen Company – structural steel erection

Walish-Duften – plastering

Northwestern Marble & Title Company – marble work

Butler & Son Company – title work

Capital Ornamental Iron Works – ornamental iron and bronze work

International Casement Company – steel windows

Art Metal Construction Company – metal door and Kalamein work

Otis Elevator Company – elevators

Wenzel & Hennnoch Company – plumbing, heating and ventilating work

Uihlein-Ortmann Electric Company – electrical work


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Milwaukee County Courthouse


History:  The county was created in 1834 and Milwaukee was designated as the county seat. The first courthouse was a two story Greek Revival structure built by Solomon Juneau and Morgan L Martin at a cost of $5,000 in 1836 at Kilbourn Avenue and Jackson Street. The building was razed in 1870. County offices were located in an adjoining building constructed in 1843 and enlarged in 1846. The second courthouse was a brick and sandstone Roman Revival structure designed by Leonard A Schmidtner and constructed by Frank Charnley in 1873 at a cost of $675,000. The courthouse was located on Cathedral Square and was razed in 1939. The third and present courthouse was constructed.


Court of Appeals – Division I


Location:  330 East Kilbourn Avenur / North Broadway Street

Built:  1980 – 1982

Style:  Modern Commercial

Architect:  A Helmut Jahnn Architectiure and F Murphy and Associates

Contractor:  Hunsinger Construction Company


Description:  The building faces southwest and is a fourteen story glass, steel and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Milwaukee to the east of the courthouse. The Court of Appeals First Division is located on the tenth story at 1020.



County Courthouse – Milwaukee





Photos taken 2007