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Sheboygan County

Sheboygan County is named for a Native American name meaning “great noise underground”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Calumet County and Manitowoc County

E – Lake Michigan

S – Ozaukee County and Washington County 

W – Fond du Lac County

 

Created:  December 7, 1836                              Map of Wisconsin showing Sheboygan County

County Seat: 

Sheboygan  1836 – present

 

County Courthouse – Sheboygan

 

Location:  615 North 6th Street / Center Avenue

Built:  1933 – 1934

Style:  Moderne

Architect:  W C Weeks, Inc. and K M Vitzthum & Company, Inc.

Contractor:  Ralph Sollitt & Sons Construction Company

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a six story limestone, granite, aluminum and concrete structure. The rectangular shaped building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Sheboygan. The building has a projected rectangular base for the first and second stories with a small rectangular area for the next three stories and a small rectangular area for remaining upper stories. There are three entrance doors on the west side. The Moderne hallmark chevron pattern is cut into panels and buttresses in the buff Indiana limestone walls, alternating with regularly-spaced multi-paned windows. A gray granite plaza and steps preface the entrance, formed by three pairs of glazed aluminum double doors topped by polished aluminum grills. Stylized winged lions trim the ends of the engaged stepped parapet over the portal. The interior lobby and halls are lined with Etowah pink Georgia marble walls above a Belgian black marble base, with brass-seamed terrazzo floors. Aluminum and brass lighting brackets, polished aluminum grills and stair rails, and aluminum and brass plaques, doors, and directory decorate the lobby. A series of shallow recessions and chevron borders edge the plaster ceilings. County offices are located along the north and south corridors, and the jail occupies the sixth story. The original two courtrooms (Circuit Court in the north wing and Probate Court in the south wing), which once rose two full stories through the second and third stories, were subdivided in 1968. The building has five courtrooms located on the second and third stories. The building houses the County Circuit Court of the 4th Judicial District. A four story addition was constructed in 1956 on the east side and is connected to the courthouse by a narrow overpass. The building was remolded in 1968 to 1969. The architect was The Stubenrauch Associates Inc. and the contractor was Joseph P Jansen Company. On the south side is the Law Enforcement center constructed in 1980 to 1981. The architect was Durant Architects of Watertown and the contractor was Bray Associates Architects Inc. of Sheboygan. On the north side is the County Administration Building.

 

See:  National Register of Historic Places – Sheboygan County Courthouse

 

See:  The 4th Judicial District includes Calumet County, Fond du Lac CountyGreen Lake CountyManitowoc County, Marquette CountyWaushara County and Winnebago County. 

 

History:  The county was created in 1836 and Sheboygan was selected as the county seat. The first court met in a schoolhouse. The first courthouse was a two story wooden structure built in 1851. The building was torn down and the second courthouse was built at 632 Cedar Avenue in 1853. From 1858 to 1861, court sessions were held at Turner Hall, Zaegel’s Block and Otten Block on the southwest corner of Cedar Avenue and Eight Street. The Otten Block burned in 1861. The third courthouse was a brick structure built at 514 South 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in 1860. The fourth courthouse was a brick structure designed by Alvin L Weeks and built in 1868 at a cost of $65,000. An addition was a designed by H C Koch and constructed in 1894. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1933 to 1934 at a cost of $600,000. The cost of the 1968 to 1969 remodeling was $868,595.

 

 

County Courthouse – Sheboygan

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County  Courthouse Addition 1956

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Law Enforcement Center – Sheboygan

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2007 and 2022