Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail


by Bradley Plummer

Architect: John B. Sweatt
Location: 4th Street, Eagle River
Built: 1886
Modified: 1925

Keweenaw County Sheriff’s Residence and Jail on Right, Courthouse on left.

This structure was designed by Sweatt, though its appearance has since changed. Originally it was a two-and-one-half-story rectangular structure with clapboard walls and a steep-pitch, hip-roof. The rear of the structure, the jail, was constructed of coursed rubble stone. Early photographs also show an open porch across the front of the Sheriff’s Residence. The corner pilasters, an entrance vestibule with Georgian Revival detail, and white paint were applied in 1925.1

Buildings by John B. Sweatt in the Copper Country


  1. “Eagle River Historic District,” National Register of Historic Places Nomination, (U. S. Department of Interior, National Park Service, 1984).