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Lake County Administration and Courts Complex

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 22 August 2013 in Architecture and Portfolio.

The Lake County Administration and Courts Complex located in downtown Waukegan, Illinois, the "County Seat."

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.

Post-processed with colored pencil, using PhotoScape.

Photographed August 6, 2013.

NIKON D7000 1/320 second F/9.0 ISO 100 33 mm (35mm equiv.)

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Again really masterful application of your procedure, beautiful result with a very pleasant
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22 Aug 2013 7:39am

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22 Aug 2013 12:18pm

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Very nice edit, it feels like an architect's vision.

22 Aug 2013 1:03pm

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22 Aug 2013 2:19pm

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22 Aug 2013 9:28pm

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You would never know it was a photograph! I like the architecture! Wonderful image!

22 Aug 2013 9:38pm

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23 Aug 2013 12:25am

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I love this version of it, it truly looks like it's been drawn and that is amazing!
What did you use to edit it?

23 Aug 2013 3:16am

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