Grand Traverse County District/Probate Courthouse
The two-story Grand Traverse County District/Probate Courthouse is located in downtown Traverse City. The addition and renovation project was completed in November of 2006. The 54,240 sq. ft. facility combines the activities and staff of the 86th District Court, Probate/Family Court, Probation Departments, and Probate Court volunteers. The project also provides additional operational and storage space not found in the previous separate courthouse facilities.
The unique aspect of this project was the ambitious concept of restoring and renovating two neighboring historic churches, while inserting a new contemporary building between them, thus creating a continuous structure throughout. The Bethany Baptist Church and Old Stone Church now serve as bookends to the new modern glass and steel and stone addition between them. In order to achieve this goal a portion of Park Street between the churches was vacated to accommodate the addition.
The historic preservation aspect of the existing structures presented many construction challenges as the physical connection was made between the courthouse addition and existing adjacent churches. Additionally, wood beams, ornamental wood trim, exposed stonework, and stained glass windows were salvaged and restored to their original state.