Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Historical

Aitkin County Courthouse and Jail Historical (HM1U7I)

Location: Aitkin, MN 56431 Aitkin County
Country: United States of America

N 46° 31.982', W 93° 42.642'

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The original courthouse built on this site in 1887 included a jail and sheriff's residence. It served a population of about 2,000 people. As a logging town, Aitkin became a railhead and an important stopping point for boats on the Mississippi River. By 1910, the population had grown extensively, making the courthouse facilities inadequate. To free space, a separate jail was constructed in 1915. The two-story, red brick building was designed by Minneapolis architect E.C. Pell. Located immediately west of the courthouse, it included a nine-room sheriff's residence (presently used for office space) and a cell block extending to the rear.

In 1920, Aitkin County established a building fund for a new courthouse, and hired a St. Paul architectural firm, Tolz, King, & Day, to design it. Government officials decided not to issue bonds, delaying construction until 1929. The stone and brick courthouse is a well-preserved example of the Beaux Arts Classicism Style prevalent in the 1920s. Its flat roof is concealed by a parapet. Marble wainscoting, terrazzo floors and oak woodwork grace its interior surfaces, and a stained glass skylight is located in the court chamber. The interiors and exteriors of these buildings retain a significant degree of historical integrity.
HM NumberHM1U7I
Placed ByThe Wild North in Northeast Minnesota
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Date Added Thursday, September 8th, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 445499 N 5153519
Decimal Degrees46.53303333, -93.71070000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 46° 31.982', W 93° 42.642'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds46° 31' 58.92" N, 93° 42' 38.52" W
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Area Code(s)218, 320
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling East
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 209 2nd St NW, Aitkin MN 56431, US
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