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People & Places: Architecture in Washington County

The Historic Courthouse will feature a new temporary exhibit in the Vault Exhibit Room beginning in June 2018.

Do you have architectural features, tools, stories, photographs, or documents on special houses in Washington County? The Historic Courthouse plans to focus a new exhibition on people who lived in interesting architecture in Washington County, and is looking for contributions. The deadline to submit materials is April 30. 

The exhibition will highlight various styles found in the St. Croix River Valley from pre-1850 to 1960. Sections may include: Lost History (sites and buildings that are no longer); Early Settlers; Businesses; Leisure & Entertainment; Schools; Law & Order (prisons, courthouse); Victorian & Turn of the Century; Unique Homes; Modern (1950-1960). 

The exhibit will run from June 2, 2018-January 4, 2019. For more information, call 651-275-7075 or e-mail historiccourthouse@co.washington.mn.us 

The Washington County Historic Courthouse Throughout the Years: 1870-Today

This exhibit showcases Historic Courthouse artifacts from 1870-1975, including antique office equipment, furniture, period clothing, a judge's office display, and much more. 

Rotating tabletop displays throughout the building feature the history of area events, Washington County and the City of Stillwater. 

 click here for tour times

The Great Courthouse Debate

Within its 150-year history, the courthouse has had its share of debates, and not just in the courtroom. In the 1960's the courthouse faced demolition during a debate on whether to build a new government center or add-on to the existing space. Saved by the community, the courthouse continued to be the focus of debates and discussion on its use, fundraising, restoration and its role as a historical landmark. 

This exhibit examines the historic and contemporary issues and highlights the key questions posed to our community about how to bring the Historic Courthouse into the future, while preserving its past.