Alpena County Courthouse

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Alpena County Courthouse
Alpena County Courthouse - Alpena Michigan.jpg
Alpena County Courthouse is located in Michigan
Alpena County Courthouse
Location within the state of Michigan
Location 720 Chisholm Ave., Alpena, Michigan
Coordinates 45°4′5″N 83°26′30″W / 45.06806°N 83.44167°W / 45.06806; -83.44167Coordinates: 45°4′5″N 83°26′30″W / 45.06806°N 83.44167°W / 45.06806; -83.44167
Area 4 acres (1.6 ha)
Built 1934
Architect William H. Kuni; Henry C. Webber Construction Co.
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 83003643[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP December 08, 1983
Designated MSHS October 23, 1979[2]
Alpena County Courthouse clock detail - Alpena Michigan.jpg

The Alpena County Courthouse Alpena County's first courthouse was destroyed by a fire on December 12, 1870. Its replacement met a similar fate on December 22, 1932.[3] The current courthouse built in 1934 is an historic Art deco courthouse building located at 720 Chisholm Avenue in Alpena, Michigan. It was designed by architect William H. Kuni of Detroit and built by the Henry C. Webber Construction Co. of poured Portland cement made from locally quarried limestone.[4] According to Kuni, it was the first monolithic poured building constructed during the winter in a cold climate.[1][5][6]

It was financed partly by local bonds and WPA grants.[5]

The building, dubbed "Fort Alpena" by a local writer, is embellished by architectural sculpture, including an eagle perched atop the clock on the main facade and figures of Justice and Law as well as "fascia designs show(ing) images of the county's lumbering, shipbuilding, farming, fishing and recreational industries." [7]

On December 8, 1983, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[1]


  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ State of Michigan (2009). "Alpena County Courthouse". Retrieved June 26, 2010. 
  3. ^ Cole, Maurice F., ‘’Michigan’s Courthouses: Old and New’’, Library of Congress 74-27625, 1974, p. 14
  4. ^ "Alpena County Courthouse". Alpena County. Pure Michigan. Archived from the original on 7 February 2011. Retrieved January 29, 2011. 
  5. ^ a b Michigan Markers listing
  6. ^ Michigan State Tourist listing
  7. ^ Eckert, Kathryn Bishop, ‘’Buildings of Michigan’’. Oxford Universoty Press, New York, 1993 p. 448