Located at:
101 N. Johnson
Woodstock, Il 60098
(815) 338 - 4525

Art Gallery hours:
Thurs – Sat 11:00 – 5:00, Sun 1:00 – 5:00

A Bit of History

At the

Old Court House & Jail

The Old Court House was constructed in 1857, a classic brick structure designed by one of the country's most prominent architects, John Mills Van Osdel. Thirty years later, the adjoining Sheriff's House & Jail building was added. After more than a century of serving as the center of local government, the deteriorating complex was vacated in 1972 and scheduled to be demolished to make way for a parking lot. It was saved from the wrecker's ball when purchased by Woodstock residents Cliff and Bev Ganschow, and an extensive renovation program was completed during America's Bicentennial. Because of their national architectural and historical significance, both the Old Court House and the Sheriff's House & Jail were designated for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.

Much of its historic space is now occupied by the Old Court House Art Center's unique galleries.  Throughout the building complex you can still see the original pressed tin ceilings ... impenetrable jail ceils... massive iron vault doors that are beautifully decorated with hand-painted murals and floral motifs... old election tallies recorded and preserved on a giant chalkboard... beautiful arched doorways and handsome moldings... and an elegant winding stairway leading to the magnificent Grand Court Room.  Artists' studios occupy the south wing, formerly the jury sleeping rooms.

La Petite Creperie is housed in the building formerly known as the Sheriff's House, located in the Old Court House Complex. The building, which was constructed in 1887, functioned as the County Sheriff's House until 1972. The sheriff's family lived in this building while inmates occupied approximately a dozen cells in the back half. During the time of occupancy, it was customary for the sheriff's wife to prepare meals for the inmates. Now, La Petite Creperie is a cozy little place with a casual atmosphere where you will enjoy a wonderful meal and knowledgeable service, all at a great price.  The wine list is carefully selected for quality and value.  

The Northwest Area Arts Council (NAAC)
2014 Exhibition
Presented at the Old Court House Arts Center

March 13 through April 27
Northwest Area Arts Council
27th Annual Women's Works Exhibition 

A international juried show of all media.
Gala Reception, Saturday, March 22
6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for artists
7:00 - 9:00 p.m. for the public

March 13 through April 27
18th Annual Little Women's Works
A fine arts exhibition by younger women

May 1 through May 18
Annual Student Art Show
by Marian Central Catholic High School
Reception, Thursday, May 2, 7:00 p.m.

May 22 through June 1st
Annual 50 % Off and more
Spring Art Sale
Artistsí Sale of their work at Huge Savings.
Paintings, Drawings, Sculpture, Jewelry, Pottery, Glass
Also artistsí equipment: books, paints, brushes, frames, canvass, paper, etc.
Daily Gallery Hours - 11 to 5



Last revised: Thursday, February 27, 2014.