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Lake County Administration Building

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 10 December 2009 in Cityscape & Urban and Portfolio.

Lake County, Illinois is situated on the shore of Lake Michigan between Chicago and Wisconsin. It is home to over 644,000 residents, some of whom live in highly developed urban centers while others live in beautiful rural communities.

The county, which was primarily unsettled prairie and was still home to its native Potawatomie Indians, was created by the Illinois State Legislature in 1839. Lake County's first permanent settler, Captain Daniel Wright, first came to the area in 1834. At that time, Libertyville, then known as Independence Grove, was the first county seat. In 1841, however, the county's residents voted to move the county government to Little Fort, now known as Waukegan, where the commissioners had purchased a section of land from the state. Lake County's first courthouse was built on part of that land in 1844 and the remainder was sold to pay for the $4,000 construction cost.

The county's first courthouse was used solely for court sessions and the jail, but in 1853, commissioners constructed a building to accommodate county administration offices and house records. When fire decimated the courthouse on October 19, 1875, the county records were saved because they were in the adjacent building.

After the fire, proposals were made to move the county seat to Highland Park, Libertyville or another site in central Lake County. The county commissioners, however, decided to rebuild in Waukegan. The east half of the building was reconstructed at a cost of $45,000. In 1895, the first jail building was added to the government complex and a west addition was added to the courthouse in 1922. By 1938, county commissioners saw a need for additional space and approved the addition of a 5th Floor. This courthouse, however, was demolished in 1967 to make room for a new high-rise administration building, pictured here, which was completed in 1969 and courts in 1970.

Lake County, Illinois is a montage, with progressive urban areas, as well as picturesque rural communities. Along Lake Michigan's beautiful lakefront, which forms the county's eastern border, up to the Wisconsin border in the north and out to the chain-of-lakes in the west, the county's residents have diverse backgrounds and lifestyles.

Photo taken September 7, 2009.

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Alun from cheshire, United Kingdom

great bit of history, nice one

10 Dec 2009 6:17am

Sarito from Basingstoke, United Kingdom

I like how your photographs bring life to these buildings.. superb!!

10 Dec 2009 9:10am

Denise from Duncannon, United States

This shot needs to be framed inside the lobby of that building. Perhaps they will buy it from you? $$$$

10 Dec 2009 10:48am

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

A beautiful photography, a superb composition, beautiful geometry, always a beautiful quality of work well done!

10 Dec 2009 2:15pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

excellent detail and color!

10 Dec 2009 2:57pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Great HDR ! Sky looks perfect !

10 Dec 2009 3:27pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Classic Steven.

10 Dec 2009 6:34pm

dabbler from Minneapolis, United States

Fabulous composition and processing!

10 Dec 2009 6:40pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

A fairly non descript building made to look a fair bit more special Steve. Got my first "serious" HDR coming up tomorrow and I'm well pleased with it.

10 Dec 2009 7:32pm

@Curly: I'm curious to see what you mean by "curious" considering the good HDR's I've already seen you produce. :-)

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

I like the way the clouds seem to radiate from this seat of government.

10 Dec 2009 10:37pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

The quality of your photo is way better than the architecture of this building!

10 Dec 2009 11:45pm

dideban from mashhad, Iran

Good colours

11 Dec 2009 10:06am