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Kosciusko County Courthouse

Recognition of the Kosciusko County Courthouse renovation was deemed important by the Kosciusko County Historical Society. It is the county’s best known historical landmark, due to its central location within both Kosciusko County and its county seat, Warsaw, and a fine example of Second Empire architectural style while serving as center of Kosciusko County Government. The concern of county officials for this invaluable property sends a strong message of the need for preservation of outstanding public and private buildings.

Length ……………………………………………………………….. 154 feet East to West

Width ………………………………………………………………… 113 feet 7 inches N to S

Height ……………………………………………………………….. 152 feet

Limestone …………………………………………………………… 32,000 cubic feet

Bricks ………………………………………………………………… 2,700,000

Iron ……………………………………………………………………. 678,000 pound

Plaster ………………………………………………………………….9,000 square yards

Construction of the new courthouse began in 1881 and was finished in 1884. The cornerstone was laid on May 25, 1882. It would take sixteen fully loaded semitrailers to haul all of the iron in the building. If the bricks were set out end to end they would extend about 85 miles. Enough plaster was used in the building to cover an entire football field. A path all the way to Leesburg could be made with the Indiana Olit limestone. The architect was T. J. Tolan and Joe Baker was the superintendent of construction. The tower was built by Joseph Marshall and all of the interior work was done by G. Hahne. The total cost of the courthouse was $197,799.65, by today’s standards, a real bargain.


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County Jail

Located in downtown Warsaw, Indiana, this Gothic Revival Building was designed by George Garnsey and built by Richard Epperson in 1870. The building was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1978 and currently serves as the headquarters for the Kosciusko County Historical Society. The Old Jail Museum & Genealogy Library are housed here.

Visit the old Jail Museum

Take a look at yesterday to improve tomorrow

See how our ancestors united to build this great land we call home

Self-Guided tours Wednesday and Thursday, 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

Guided tours Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. Last tour at 3 p.m.

For group tours call 574-269-1078