Steuben County Jail

201 S. Wayne, Angola, Indiana

Second Empire design residence and jail for the Steuben County Sheriff


Overview Looking Southeast

The porch was enclosed circa 1961.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning May 2018



Street View 


"The Steuben County Jail was the brick and concrete inspiration of Ohio architects Gibbs and Moser. Built in 1877, the 2 1/2 story structure has an irregular main wing with a rectangular prison wing extending from the back of the building. Light rust colored and black brick were[sic] used in between concrete coursing. A sculpted representation of a sun with the completion date inscribed, adorns the entrance wall. The roofs of the back wing and two recent additions (the enclosure of a north porch in 1961 and a large though unobtrusive south wing in 1971) are flat while the main structure has a slate mansard roof. The main wing also contains an elaborate tower with a pyramidal roof and an elaborate cupola and weathervane on top. There are four brick chimneys at each corner of the main wing. The hooded dormer windows are sculpted in the Second Empire mode. Elaborate brickwork forms the cornices. The windows are double hung with a flush fan and concrete quoining surrounding them. A Victorian style grill work covers the front entrance stoop which leads to the simple door with a segmented architrave. The interior has handsome wood mouldings in the sheriff's quarters while the jail is plain yet very functional and comfortable."

From the National Register of Historic Places Inventory - Nomination Form, dated July 7, 1975. (Link below.)

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 2, 1976
Reference number
Areas of significance
Politics/Government; Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Correctional facility; Single dwelling
Current function
Correctional facility
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • May 24, 2018: Updated by J.R. Manning: Updated status, added description and added photos
  • October 30, 2014: New Street View added by Bill Eichelberger

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