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Sauk County

Sauk County is named for the Sauk Native American Nation.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Juneau County

E – Columbia County

S – Dane County and Iowa County

W – Richland County and Vernon County


Created:  January 11, 1840                    Map of Wisconsin highlighting Sauk County

County Seat: 

Prairie du Sac   1840 – 1848

Baraboo            1848 – present


County Courthouse – Baraboo


Location:  515 Oak Street / 3rd Avenue

Built:  1905 – 1906

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Alfred C Clas of Ferry & Clas of Milwaukee

Contractor:  T C McCarthy


Description:  The building faces east and is a three story gray colored stone and concrete structure. The building is located on the landscaped grounds of the Courthouse Square in the center of Baraboo. The building has a raised basement on the first story. There is a small pediment over the second story entrance on the east side with a large window above on the third story. The roof line is flat. On the center of the roof is a tall white colored cupola with clock. In the interior, the center stairwell and corridors dividing rooms from east to west remain in original form. Paneled barrel vaults and plaster walls above the marble wainscoting have been repainted periodically; egg-and-dart molding and console-like capitals under the ceiling ribs and between panels have been re-gilded. Of special interest and significance in the interior is the County Circuit Court courtroom at the center of the third story which has a high vaulted ceiling. At the northeast side is a small courtroom with decorative ceiling. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial District. The building was renovated in 1994 to 1997. The architect was Vierbicher Associates, Inc. and the contractor was Miron Construction.


See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sauk County Courthouse


County Courthouse Annex – Baraboo



Location:  515 Oak Street / 3rd Avenue

Built:  1951 – 1963

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Durant and Bergquist of Dubuque, Iowa

Contractor:  Immel Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a three story concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baraboo. The west entrance is on the second story. The building has two County Circuit Court courtrooms on the second story. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 5th Judicial Circuit. The building is attached to the courthouse on the east side. In 1987, the building was connected to the courthouse. The architect was Potter, Lawson & Powlpwsky, Inc. of Madison and the contractor was Conner Building Corporation of Madison.


See:  The 5th Judicial District includes Columbia CountyDane County, Green CountyLafayette County and Rock County.


History:  The county was created in 1840 and Prairie du Sac was selected as the first county seat in 1844. The first courthouse was a two story Greek Revival style built by Lyman Crossman, Cyrus Leeland and Daniel B Crocker in 1844 to 1845. The county seat was moved to Baraboo in 1848 and the second courthouse, a two story wood frame structure was built in 1847 to 1848 by Edward Sumner at a cost of $575. In 1855 to 1856 a two story brick third courthouse was designed by George Holah and constructed on the public square. The courthouse was enlarged in 1884 at a cost of $6,125. The architect was David R Jones and the contractor was Louis Pohlman. The courthouse burned on December 27, 1904. The fourth courthouse was constructed in 1905 to 1906 at accost of $83,384. The County Courthouse Annex was constructed in 1961 to 1963.


County Administration Building – Baraboo



Location:  505 Broadway Street / 3rd Avenue

Built:  1994 – 1997

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Vierbicher Associates, Inc.

Contractor:  Market & Johnson Contractors


Description:  The building faces east and is is a four story concrete and glass structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Baraboo. The roof line is flat. At the northeast corner is a tower rising above the roof line. In the interior is a high entrance lobby. The building is called the “West Square Building”.



County Courthouse – Baraboo

























County Circuit Court courtroom











County Circuit Court small courtroom









County Courthouse Annex – Baraboo









County Circuit Court courtroom







Picture First County Courthouse



Picture Second County Courthouse



Picture Third County Courthouse



Picture enlarged County Courthouse 1884



County Administration Building – Baraboo









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