The Gogebic County Courthouse is a government building located on North Moore Street in Bessemer, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 and designated a Michigan State Historic Site in 1971.
Gogebic County Courthouse
|Location||200 N. Moore St.|
|Area||less than one acre|
|Built by||Herman Gundlach|
|Architect||Charlton and Kuenzli|
|NRHP reference No.||81000306|
|Added to NRHP||May 8, 1981|
|Designated MSHS||December 10, 1971|
Gogebic County was split from Ontonagon County in 1887. The county immediately started work on a courthouse, jail, and sheriff's office. The buildings were designed by the firm of Charlton and Kuenzli, and constructed in 1888 for $50,000 by contractor Herman Gundlach.
The Gogebic County Courthouse symbolizes the cooperative effort of individuals, industries, and skilled workers in the Bessemer area in constructing a finely crafted building. It is a regional landmark, built when Gogebic County was a booming mining area, and reflects the economic prosperity of the times and the enthusiasm of county residents at a time when Gogebic County was a newly created political entity.
The Gogebic County Courthouse is a rectangular Romanesque red sandstone building, two stories tall with a full basement. It has a hipped roof and a four-story square tower on the front facade. The entrance is through a carved, round arched entryway in the base of the tower. Farther up the tower are rectangular windows with transoms, surrounded by carved stone, and a porthole window. A dentilated cornice runs around the roofline of the building.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Gogebic County Courthouse". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Archived from the original on June 12, 2012. Retrieved December 24, 2011.
- John Fedynsky (2010), Michigan's County Courthouses, University of Michigan Press, pp. 59–60, ISBN 978-0-472-11728-4