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Tuesday, May 23, 2017

A Quick Look at the Winnebago County Courthouse, OshKosh

So here I sit in the Sturgeon Bay Public Library and AT LAST!  At last I have a chance to be distraction free and sit down with my blog to attempt to get caught up.  Expect a post a day for a week at least, because all I have waiting for me in the next an hour and a half is a mosquito filled campsite...but that's a tale for another post.

Weeks ago I had appointments in OshKosh and got out of the car for a look at the Winnebago County Courthouse.  Built in 1938 it is 5 stories of Art Deco Moderne delight.  The top penthouse floor used to house a jail, but alas I did not get a tour.

Built of Indiana limestone, most of the building has a smooth look but the geometric surrounds framing the bronze doors at the entranceways are highly ornate. Alfonso Ianelli fashioned these bas-relief designs with references to Mayan art, depicting stylized images of Native Americans, families, agriculture, industry, and heads of county officials.

Bronze and marble highlight the interior, including the interesting floor design above.

Also seen in OshKosh was this lovely mural.  Nice to see the native people featured so prominently for a change!


  1. I was wondering what you'd been up to! Glad to see you back in blogland.

  2. Is that Oshkosh as in Oshkosh Jeans my kids used to wear and were Winnebago's get their name from. Interesting building to visit, mural is impressive too