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Washtenaw County Court House

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The aceiiniiai ying ent reprosents tlie elegant structure locatcd on the center of a square in the heart of the city of Ami Arbor, known as the Washtenaw County Court House, 'i'hls building was erccted durinj; the years of 1877-78, and coat completad and furnished $83,000,of which aniount Ann Arbor gave $20,000 in additiun to lier proportion of taxcs. The corner-stone was laid on Tlmrsday, Oct. 25th, 1877, wltli Itnpótlog ceremonies and witnessed by a great crowd of people. Judge Lawrence presiding, and the rcvered and beloved Dr. Cocker acting as Chaplain, and Jnde Joslyn as orator of tlie day, botli of the foriner baring since passed away. The corner-stoae contains copies of aU the city papéis, and a larsíe ainount of Othor lkenitiire that wilt be a surprise to the natives sonie centuries henee, when the building shall be torn down to give space to u more elegant striictiirc. Tuis building is S0xl27 feet upon the grouud, and the uialn building 54 feet high, with u tower rislng from the center 152 feet, from which a magnifieent view of the entire surrounding country Is to be obtaiiicd. The walls ireof red pressed biick, trimmed with sandstone, the basement wulls beinfr entirely faced with stone. The roof is of slate, the cornices of stone, and the entire building supposod to be fire-proof (but it is not.) Iq the tower is a dock, ooáting $1,000, the gift of Luthcr James, of this city. The old court house, which was removed to sive place to this structure, was built in 184 1, and for ¦ period of 33 years ¦errad m a temple of justice. There are few counties In the State that have a betUT court than has Washtenaw, if some of the sandstone tiluimlngs are scaling oft'.


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