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Wayne County Building

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Identification

Wayne County Building
Wayne County Courthouse
118499

Map

Structure in General

monumental hall
existing [completed]
copper
granite
sandstone
applied masonry
neo-classicism

Usages

governmental office
service branch(es)

Facts

  • The exterior is profusely ornamented with sculpture; the interior is finished in a variety of woods, marbles, tiles, and mosaics.
  • The height of the courthouse's tower is 247 feet.
  • The Wayne County Building is English Baroque in style, featuring a tall, four-tiered, hipped-roof central tower balanced by end pavilions.
  • A renovation was carried out in 1986 by Quinn Evans Architects and Smith, Hinchman and Grylls Associates.
  • The tower was originally 227' - 8 1/2" tall. The copper dome and spire were redone in the 1960s bringing its height to what it is today.
  • It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
  • Built with buff Berea Sandstone, the facade features a rusticated basement story and a balustrade between the third and fourth stories. At the main entrance, a broad flight of stairs leads up to a two-story Corinthian column portico.
  • Despite most Wayne County government offices having vacated this building for the modern Coleman A. Young Municipal Center a block west, the office of the executive of Wayne County is still located here.
  • The courthouse is faced in granite and sandstone with copper accents.

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Location

600-698 Randolph Street
301-399 East Congress Street, 601-699 Brush Street, 300-398 East Fort Street
600 Randolph Street
48226
Downtown
Detroit
Michigan
U.S.A.

Technical Data

246.72 ft
246.72 ft
254.92 ft
5
1897
1902
2005

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Features & Amenities

  • National landmark
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