Sunday, August 23, 2015

On this Date in Minnesota History: August 23

August 23, 1984 – The McLeod County Courthouse in Glencoe, Minn., was added to the National Register of Historic Places on this date.

“The county's first court session was held in a log school house shortly after the county's organization in 1856.  Years later, the village of Glencoe contributed $2,000 to the county to build the 1876 courthouse that forms the core of the present building. Between 1876 and 1982, the county added to, expanded, and remodeled the original $10,397 building six times, at a cost of about $3.5 million."


The impression of the building from the front is of a 1909 vintage, brick Beaux Arts building with a brick box joined to it by a recessed two-story glass section.  W.F. Kinney of Stebbins, Kinney and Halden, designed the 1909 classic columned renovation and Emil M. Jacobson was the builder.


The 1958 windowless addition was by Hammel & Green of St. Paul and is compatible in proportion to the original building though completely contemporary.”


2Photo taken by Pamela J. Erickson. Released into the public domain Aug. 23, 2015, as long as acknowledgement included.


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