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Lake County Administration and Courts Complex

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 9 June 2016 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.

Photo captured May 26, 2016.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/27.0 ISO 1600 48 mm (35mm equiv.)

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tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Magnifique prise, excuses moi mais ce matin manque de temps pour lire tout ça. )

9 Jun 2016 6:07am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

I like the appropriate sense of 'order' this feels to carry . .

9 Jun 2016 6:52am

martine Libouton from Bousval, Belgium

Une belle composition

9 Jun 2016 8:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

nice crisp colour architectural doc shot

9 Jun 2016 12:30pm

Don from Spokane, United States

A fine capture of this great looking administration building.

9 Jun 2016 2:53pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice shot!
such beautiful frame, colors, lights & graphics!

9 Jun 2016 3:31pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful composition and superb "painting" of the clouds in the sky !

9 Jun 2016 4:30pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Interesting architecture.:-)

9 Jun 2016 5:00pm

ruthiebear from Titusville, United States

COmposed beautifully to see the architecture

9 Jun 2016 5:00pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great shot Steven!

9 Jun 2016 6:37pm

Remus from Portugal

This is a type of architecture that appeals to me. It is sober and at the same time with small decorative details that do not clash.
Well done.

9 Jun 2016 6:42pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

What an interesting county with big city and rural residents. The building looks very solid and functional.

9 Jun 2016 8:00pm

fateme@@ from Dezful, Iran

Nice trees. Great composition.

9 Jun 2016 8:19pm

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

Nice. I always like your cityscape shots.

10 Jun 2016 2:20am

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

A nice complex. It sounds like a wonderful place to live! A beautiful image and wonderful narrative.

10 Jun 2016 2:43am

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Superbe édiffice administratif rectangulaire avec ces beaux arbres.

10 Jun 2016 3:18am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

wonderful perspective. Just skimming the tops of the cars adds a bit of distraction.

10 Jun 2016 3:20am

L'Angevine from Angers, France


10 Jun 2016 1:38pm

Sam from Chennai, India

Great capture of the beautiful administrative buildings. Lovely. :)

10 Jun 2016 2:10pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting architecture.

10 Jun 2016 2:39pm

Mohammad/Navvab from shiraz, Iran

so good shot whit a nice sharpnesssss

10 Jun 2016 2:48pm

arash from tehran, Iran

good shot

12 Jun 2016 7:36am