Wisconsin Historical Society

Property Record

800 CLERMONT ST

Architecture and History Inventory
800 CLERMONT ST | Property Record | Wisconsin Historical Society
NAMES
Historic Name:LANGLADE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Other Name:LANGLADE COUNTY COURTHOUSE
Contributing:
Reference Number:22050
PROPERTY LOCATION
Location (Address):800 CLERMONT ST
County:Langlade
City:Antigo
Township/Village:
Unincorporated Community:
Town:
Range:
Direction:
Section:
Quarter Section:
Quarter/Quarter Section:
PROPERTY FEATURES
Year Built:1905
Additions: 2000
Survey Date:1976
Historic Use:courthouse
Architectural Style:Neoclassical
Structural System:
Wall Material:Brownstone
Architect:J.H. JEFFERS (SUPERVISING ARCHITECT)FRANK W. KINNEY & MENNO S. DETWEILERRon Hansche-2000
Other Buildings On Site:
Demolished?:No
Demolished Date:
DESIGNATIONS
National/State Register Listing Name: Langlade County Courthouse
National Register Listing Date:7/25/1977 12:00:00 AM
State Register Listing Date:1/1/1989 12:00:00 AM
National Register Multiple Property Name:
NOTES
Additional Information:A 'site file' exists for this property. It contains additional information such as correspondence, newspaper clippings, or historical information. It is a public record and may be viewed in person at the Wisconsin Historical Society, Division of Historic Preservation.

PEDIMENTED SLIGHTLY PROJECTING CENTRAL PAVILIONS W/DORIC COLUMNS & PILASTERS. MOULDED AND MODILIONED EAVES OVER WIDE CORNICES. ROUGH CUT STONE FOUNDATION TOPPED BY SMOOTH WALLS W/CNR QUOINS. LARGE 3 STORY CENTRAL DOME W/FINIAL AND DORIC COLUMNS & PILASTERS. A glass-walled addition was constructed in 2000.

By the time the citizens of Langlade County decided to replace their original modest courthouse with this imposing building, the area had been transformed from a boreal forest to a cutover land dotted with potato and dairy farms and cheese factories. As logging companies sold their holdings, many European immigrants were attracted by the availability of farmland and eked out a living from the hard-scrabble soil.

The Langlade County Courthouse symbolizes the promise the land held out to these immigrants at the dawn of the twentieth century. Architects from Minneapolis designed the brownstone Beaux-Arts Classical building. The county supervisors hoped for an attractive building, but most of all, they wanted a frugal one. Presumably the Port Wing brownstone used here turned out to be the least costly, and yet it created a handsome reddish-brown landmark. Rock-faced brownstone forms the first of three stories, and smooth stones with rusticated quoins at the corners compose the upper walls. In 2000, HGM Architects of Oshkosh added a modern glass-walled addition to the rear.

The central, projecting pavilion features symmetrical stairways that curve to an arched entry at the second level. Above this, Doric columns support a large triangular pediment. An ornate dome atop a square base rises above the hipped roof. Arched, diamond-pane sashes light the base, which is embellished by engaged colonnettes and knobbed finials.

Inside, murals along the top floor’s south wall and in the courtroom depict liberty and justice.

"Antigo's Landmarks" notes that the County of New was established in 1879 with the name later changed to Langlade to honor Charles de Langlade, a fur trader and military leader sometimes called "the father of Wisconsin." The cost of this courthouse, the second in Antigo, was $71,800.


COVENANT:

Effected:
8/26/2004

Good until:
8/26/2054

Term:
50

Property:
Langlade County Courthouse

Property address:
800 Clermont Street, Antigo

C dist:
7

Owner:
Stowe, Robin

Owner Organization:
Langlade County Corporation Council

Owner address:
1633 Neva Road, Antigo

Covenant type:
Restrictive covenant

County:
LG

Record:
doc. 376524

Program:
Saving America's Treasures

Covenant provision 1
Continued maintenance
SHSW pre-approves alterations, hold harmless

Covenant provision 2
Notify SHSW of damage
Owner conveys covenants if sold

Covenant provision 3
SHSW can convey rights or install plaque
Bibliographic References:Tomorrow River Times, June 23, 1977. ANTIGO DAILY JOURNAL 5/24/1996. ANTIGO DAILY JOURNAL 5/30/1996. Antigo Daily Journal 5/19/2004. Buildings of Wisconsin manuscript. Hermolin, Joe. “Antigo’s Landmarks”, Langlade County Historical Society. Undated.
RECORD LOCATION
Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, Division of Historic Preservation, Wisconsin Historical Society, Madison, Wisconsin

Have Questions?

If you didn't find the record you were looking for, or have other questions about historic preservation, please email us and we can help:

If you have an update, correction, or addition to a record, please include this in your message:

  • AHI number
  • Information to be added or changed
  • Source information

Note: When providing a historical fact, such as the story of a historic event or the name of an architect, be sure to list your sources. We will only create or update a property record if we can verify a submission is factual and accurate.

How to Cite

For the purposes of a bibliography entry or footnote, follow this model:

Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory Citation
Wisconsin Historical Society, Wisconsin Architecture and History Inventory, "Historic Name", "Town", "County", "State", "Reference Number".