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Lake County Administration and Courts Complex

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 November 2018 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 September 12, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/250 second F/8.0 ISO 140 32 mm

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Claudine/canelle from Lorient, France

Quelle histoire !!
Une nouvelle vie ..

5 Nov 2018 6:13am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Merci pour toutes tes explications et merci aussi au traducteur ;-)
Bon choix de noir et blanc.
Bonne journée Steven

5 Nov 2018 7:16am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Nice bw process and impressive building as a cube

5 Nov 2018 7:34am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

A very nice building well designed. Excellent image in B/W.

5 Nov 2018 10:06am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Well documented in words and B/W, though I'm not to sure about the building. It looks bit like a large grain silo, but perhaps that is appropriate :)

5 Nov 2018 10:31am

The Yum List from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

I do like this in black and white.

5 Nov 2018 11:42am

Marjolein from Westvoorne, Netherlands

Impressive buildings.

5 Nov 2018 12:10pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

COmmanding architecture and interesting history.

5 Nov 2018 1:39pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

An excellent tour guide depth to your presentation here, and I like the choice of black and white as it works so well with the sunshine here.

5 Nov 2018 2:28pm

willy from Belgium

une construction impressionnante

merci pour les informations Steven


5 Nov 2018 4:28pm

Remus from Portugal

Actually, I would say that architecture gives more value to design than to usability. But these older buildings, combine these two strands in perfect harmony: Design is for usability.
Well done! Well done!

5 Nov 2018 4:33pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

bel effet

5 Nov 2018 4:41pm

Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quels édifices blanc et graphisme de fenêtre quelle compo superbe.
Belle soirée

5 Nov 2018 5:42pm

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

Very handsome house

5 Nov 2018 6:30pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

I am interested in the architectural style used here.
Post-modern or art deco? ;)

5 Nov 2018 7:33pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A beautiful B&W photo of this fine looking county complex.

5 Nov 2018 7:44pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

The explanation is very interesting. Thank you. A very interesting high-key photograph ...

5 Nov 2018 8:00pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

Interesting info about the architecture. Works well in B&W.

5 Nov 2018 8:07pm

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

The courthouse complex has quite an interesting history. This building reminds me of some of the government buildings that I see in the DC area that were built during the same time period. A great point of view.

5 Nov 2018 9:04pm

Tomek from PoznaƄ, Poland

Excellent B&W.

5 Nov 2018 9:23pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

so many patterns and lines here

i like it

6 Nov 2018 12:37am

Sam from Chennai, India

Beautiful architecture and a fine shot of this building. Great in black and white. :)

6 Nov 2018 4:29am

Francisco Romero from Leon, Spain

The B&W goes perfectly with these buildings from the 60's. Good work.

6 Nov 2018 7:23pm

karla from Omaha, United States

Nice! The black and white are just right, the buildings look very stately.

14 Nov 2018 3:59am