Cass County Historic Courthouse
In October 2022, Cass County commissioners voted to obligate funding for the renovation of the building, which, upon completion, will reestablish the iconic structure as the central hub for the County’s administrative needs.
Since the construction of the Cass County Law & Courts Building on M-62 in 2003 left the courthouse at 120 N. Broadway in Cassopolis vacant, County leaders reviewed several proposals for the building’s next chapter, but had not found a solution that filled the community’s needs while also staying true to the building’s history. In 2022, proposed plans to relocate administrative offices — currently located in the annex connected to the courthouse — were met with excitement by elected officials and community members alike.
Cass County contracted the services of owner’s representative PlazaCorp, architectural design company Intersect, and construction firm Elite Companies — all southwest Michigan-based businesses — to carry out the project. Their efforts are projected to restore the building, originally built in 1899, in time for its 125th birthday in 2024.
County offices will remain open throughout construction with minimal interruption. Any impacts to parking or building access will be communicated at casscountymi.org, on the Cass County, Michigan - Government Facebook page, and to the local media.
On Dec. 4, County leaders met with a USDA representative to finalize a grant agreement that will cover more than 15 percent of the project’s total budget. Read on...
The visit was a celebration of sorts, as demolition of the interior of the courthouse nears completion. Read on...
Upon completion, the restored historic courthouse will be home to many administrative offices for the county, as well as the County commissioner chambers. Read on...
In the News
- Historic Cass County landmark set to open next year (WNDU)
- Cass County Courthouse to be renovated and repurposed after sitting vacant for over a decade (ABC57)
- Cass County hosts historic courthouse open house (Leader Publications)
- Cass County courthouse to be renovated after 20-year hiatus (WSBT)
- $1.5 million grant to help fund Cass County Historic Courthouse renovation (Leader Publications)
Below are images provided by Intersect, Cass County's architectural firm. They depict plans for three areas of the building — the main lobby, commissioners' chambers, and the central staircase.