Pierce County Courthouse

© Photographed July 13, 2015
Ellsworth, Pierce County, Wisconsin
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The Pierce County Courthouse is located on westbound West Main Street / Wisconsin Highway 63 / U.S. Route 10, west of its intersection with South Plum Street, at 414 West Main Street, Ellsworth, Wisconsin 54011.

Wisconsin Historical Society: Architecture and History Inventory
Historic Name: Pierce County Courthouse
Reference Number: 16352
Year Built: 1905
Architectural Style: Beaux Arts
Wall Material: Limestone
Architect: Buechner and Orth
National/State Register Listing Name: Pierce County Courthouse
National Register Listing Date: 1982-03-09
State Register Listing Date: 1989-01-01
National Register Multiple Property Name: County Courthouses of Wisconsin Thematic Group

Additional Information:
Marble Interior. Murals in Rotunda. Additions to the building include a three story brick stair tower constructed in the 1970s and a one story brick jail. Prior to legislative action in 1853, Pierce Co. was part of larger St. Croix Co., which also included the future county of Polk. At the time that the separate counties were established, it was stipulated that the county seat, originally at Prescott, might be changed by popular vote. In 1861, citizens exercised this option by moving the government to Ellsworth, a more central location than either Prescott or River Falls. The first courthouse in Ellsworth proved unfit and a new one was built by private subscription at which governmental activities took place for several years. The decision to erect a jail resulted in the construction of another county courthouse as well. By the turn of the century, the existing 1870 building seemed inappropriate to the image and needs of the growing county and the present building was begun in 1905. It was a fireproof building with ample rooms for offices and vaults.
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See also, Pierce County Veterans Memorial, also at this location.

The Pierce County Veterans Memorial is also at this location.

The Pierce County Courthouse is located in Ellsworth, Wisconsin.

New welcome sign photographed June 2018.

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