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ohio has 88 counties. here are all of the county courthouses

 

adams

county seat: west union

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allen

county seat: lima

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ashland

county seat: ashland

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ashtabula

county seat: jefferson

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athens

county seat: athens

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auglaize

county seat: wapakoneta

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belmont

county seat: st. clairsville

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brown

county seat: georgetown

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butler

county seat: hamilton

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carroll

county seat: carrollton

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champaign

county seat: urbana

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clark

county seat: springfield

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clermont

county seat: batavia

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clinton

county seat: wilmington

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columbiana

county seat: lisbon

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coshocton

county seat: coshocton

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crawford

county seat: bucyrus

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cuyahoga

county seat: cleveland

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darke

county seat: greenville

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defiance

county seat: defiance

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delaware

county seat: delaware

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erie

county seat: sandusky

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fairfield

county seat: lancaster

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fayette

county seat: washington court house

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franklin

county seat: columbus

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fulton

county seat: wauseon

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gallia

county seat: gallipolis

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geauga

county seat: chardon

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greene

county seat: xenia

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guernsey

county seat: cambridge

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hamilton

county seat: cincinnati

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hancock

county seat: findlay

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hardin

county seat: kenton

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harrison

county seat: cadiz

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henry

county seat: napoleon

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highland

county seat: hillsboro

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hocking

county seat: logan

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holmes

county seat: millersburg

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huron

county seat: norwalk

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jackson

county seat: jackson

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jefferson

county seat: steubenville

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knox

county seat: mt. vernon

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lake

county seat: painesville

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lawrence

county seat: ironton

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licking

county seat: newark

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logan

county seat: bellefontaine

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lorain

county seat: elyria

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lucas

county seat: toledo

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madison

county seat: london

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mahoning

county seat: youngstown

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marion

county seat: marion

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medina

county seat: medina

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meigs

county seat: pomeroy

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mercer

county seat: celina

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miami

county seat: troy

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monroe

county seat: woodsfield

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montgomery

county seat: dayton

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morgan

county seat: mcconnelsville

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morrow

county seat: mt. gilead

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muskingum

county seat: zanesville

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noble

county seat: caldwell

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ottawa

county seat: port clinton

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paulding

county seat: paulding

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perry

county seat: new lexington

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pickaway

county seat: circleville

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pike

county seat: waverly

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portage

county seat: ravenna

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preble

county seat: eaton

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putnam

county seat: ottawa

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richland

county seat: mansfield

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ross

county seat: chilicothe

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sandusky

county seat: fremont

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scioto

county seat: portsmouth

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seneca

county seat: tiffin

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shelby

county seat: sidney

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stark

county seat: canton

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summit

county seat: akron

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trumbell

county seat: warren

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tuscarawas

county seat: new philadelphia

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union

county seat: marysville

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van wert

county seat: van wert

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vinton

county seat: mcarthur

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warren

county seat: lebanon

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washington

county seat: marietta

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wayne

county seat: wooster

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williams

county seat: bryan

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wood

county seat: bowling green

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wyandot

county seat: upper sandusky

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My votes:

 

Best: Guernsey - it's so pretty, so three-dimensional, not overly ornate, beautiful brick instead of slabs or blocks, nice consistent theme, and a kick-ass clock tower.  It's got everything.

Runner Up: Perry - I love the reddish brick, the chimneys, the trim colors - it's unique in the state (which I know thanks to our illustrious Courthouse Cortesan!), and really works.

 

Worst: Champaign - would have been 2nd worst if it weren't for the sans serif font they have across the top of the building.  The only damn ornamentation they have is functional, and minimally ornamented at that.  Ick, ick, ick, someone should have stopped these people.

Runner Up: Gallia - just useless and ignorable.

 

Oddest: Meigs - they obviously didn't make any artist renderings before voting on this design.  I mean, on its own the top is bland but unoffensive - but those 1st floor staircases end up looking like landing gear on an alien spaceship.  But at least they tried...

 

SummitStreet - ThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYouThankYou!!!!  What a wonderful series and asset to the board!

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holy schnikees! fantastic job thanks.

 

isn't it amazing how almost all of them are beautiful? many others are at least interesting. only a very few are bland or just ok. i could never pick my fav, there are many. i have to say the only one that i don't like is the dayton courthouse, but its not obnoxious or anything. also, i'd rather forget the wood county courthouse, at least the inside of it-heh heh.

 

 

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So good.  So very good.  What a great thread.  Upon first blush I like Warren, Williams and Wood.  Miami was nice and I'd agree Perry and Guernsey (spelling?) were very nice as well.  Going to have to go back a few times and study . . .

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Regarding the Montgomery County one... the old courthouse is still there, so you can pretend it's the real one if you like it better.

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(Sorry, bad picture I know)

 

And the "new" courthouse wasn't too bad, but I say that based on pictures, since I was not alive to have seen it in person.  It was next to the old one, basically where I was standing when taking the above picture.

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St. Clairsville blew me away. I've never even heard of that town, but that courthouse is a work of art. I've always loved Lima's too. Most impressive. Urbana's however, sucks nuts. It looks like a sleazy 1970's high school. Absolutely disgusting- deplorable even. If I were a cloud, I'd give that building the old Cleveland Steamer.

 

Very good thread by the way. It's nice to see that Ohio has so many amazing courthouses, especially the small towns. Something Ohio should be proud of.

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My favorite will always be Miami County's.


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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thanks guys. pigboy, that's exactly why about delaware. i hope to return there soon.  plus to the other 6.

 

here's my awards:

 

worst courthouse: champaign (runner up=portage, richland)

worst addition/editing: seneca (runner up=lorain)

worst carnival placement in relation to: trumbell (runner up=wayne)

most likely to be mistaken for the senate atrium of the statehouse: hardin

best clock: stark

worst clock: defiance

most similar: union/henry (runner up=putnam/summit)

most in need of repair: pike

most hidden by trees: delaware (runner up=coshocton)

looks the most like a school: champaign (runner up=noble)

best statues: hancock

best windows: geauga

worst windows: auglaize

best domes on top: wyandot

worst domes on top: clinton

most unfortunate fire resulting in a crappy courthouse: gallia (runner up=franklin)

best unique fact: meigs. 3 stories, each has a ground entrance

best usage of multiple courthouses: medina. the one pictured is the older one, but is also still used.

best courthouses: belmont, hancock, guernsey, licking(and the ones that look like it), miami, trumbell, van wert

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john: i can't stand the seneca top. it sickens me to no end. as for lorain, they used to have a top that was better than the one in troy. defiance and jefferson were right on their heels.

 

pigboy, don't apologize! i enjoy other people's courthouse pictures and have no problem with seeing them in here.

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my favorite was franklin county's. its the tallest in the state and the most modern. i have seen pictures of the old one and that blew me away. it would have been nice to keep the old one and still build the 400 foot one. it looks especially impressive going north on 71 from greenlawn avenue or going east on 70 from central avenue/mound street

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Wonderful thread, great pictures. 

 

Worst windows: toss up between Carroll and Seneca

Worst addition: Defiance--yikes! :bang2:

Worst remodel: Erie--art deco at its most mundane

Best tower: Geauga--love the copper.  Honorable mention to Wood

Worst tower: Jackson--better to have not put anything up there. The Seneca tower is just plain ugly as well.

Worst tying to be traditional yet modern building: Warren--what were they thinking?

Best strange yet wonderful: Lake.  It reminds me of a monument to some forgotten despot.  Meigs is a close runner up.  The stairways and double rows of window in the dome are a nice touch.

Best small county/elaborate courthouse: Wayne

Overall favorite: Trumbull  with Wood and Miami close behind.

 

Ohio is lucky to have so many treasures.  Hope that Franklin County will become more cohesive when the new building go up and the old Hall of Justice disappears. 

 

 

 

 

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Although Mercer County's original court house burnt down in the early 1900's, the new one is very official looking much like a monument would be with the columns and such.  The true beauty though is on the inside, most people are shocked to see that this building holds such beautiful features!!  The coffered dome and marble walls and grand staircase is amazing!!

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There is abook about all 88 of Ohio's Courthouses called: County Courthouses of Ohio by Susan Thrane, and exceptional photography by Tom Patterson and Bill Patterson (my Uncle and Grandfather, respectively)

 

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I can't say much for the writing, but the photography in this book is excellent.

 

Tom also has another book about all 50 State Capitals called: State Houses: America's 50 State Capitol Buildings. Amazing photography in this one as well. He was given unique access to many of these buildings.

 

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Warren County's historic courthouse

 

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Montgomery County's historic courthouse

 

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Delaware County's courthouse and tower

 

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LOST & ALTERED COURTHOUSES:

 

Butler County - tower and roof burnt 1912

 

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Clark County - burnt in 1918, but original foundation and first floor facade was reused in rebuilt structure

 

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Defiance County - tower and mansard roof removed (two counties in Indiana have courthouses with identical designs; both have had structural problems with their towers and one is removed)

 

Defiance.jpg

 

Erie County - reclad in art deco facade in 1930's

 

Erie.jpg

 

Franklin County - demolished 1974

 

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Gallia County - burnt early 1980's

 

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Jefferson County - tower and mansard roof collapsed in windstorm in 1950's

 

Jefferson.jpg

 

Lorain County - tower removed (Marion, Indiana also has a courthouse with this Elijah Myers design and its tower has been removed as well, perhaps both presented structural problems)

 

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Montgomery County - new courthouse demolished in 1960's/70's

 

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Portage County - demolished

 

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Richland County - demolished 1960's

 

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Seneca County - tower dome scrapped for war effort in 1943, art deco facing applied in 1944 (tower to be restored)

 

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It goes to prove that not all the old stuff was wonderful.  The Jefferson County Court House was hiddeous.  It is ugly now, but was just as ugly before.  The great loss was the Franklin County Court House, although that has been terribly bastardized over the years prior to its destruction. 

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It goes to prove that not all the old stuff was wonderful. The Jefferson County Court House was hiddeous.

 

I completey disagree; I love the original design.

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Ohio courthouses from past and present set a stylish standard

 

By Joe Blundo

 

ASSOCIATED PRESS

 

With Franklin County opening a new courthouse, Ohio has halls of justice ranging from pre-Civil War temples of democracy to a sleek, glassy edifice that addresses 21st-century environmental concerns.

 

The Franklin County Common Pleas Courthouse, an energy-efficient building at Mound and High streets Downtown, will become the newest Ohio courthouse when it opens for business in mid-February.

 

The oldest is in Highland County, which has an 1835 edifice combining Greek- and Federal-style elements.

 

The newest and the oldest and all that lie between constitute an architectural treasure, courthouse enthusiasts say.

 

http://www.dispatch.com/live/content/life/stories/2011/01/16/doing-justice-to.html?sid=101

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thomasbw[/member] Was driving through Greene County (love the courthouse, kinda reminds me of Cincinnati City Hall) and thought I'd bump this thread.

 

Somebody was hitting up Yellow Springs...


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NOOO.  Just no...

 

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Renovations planned for historic Lorain County Courthouse

Richard Payerchin, The Morning Journal

POSTED: 06/07/16, 9:51 PM EDT | UPDATED: 4 HRS AGO 0 COMMENTS

The historic Lorain County Courthouse sits at 308 Second St. in Elyria. A new entrance could be built onto the south end of the historic Lorain County Courthouse, which will be renovated in a project overseen by the Lorain County Commission and the county judges. The trees around the courthouse lawn also would be removed, with new landscaping around the building and interior renovations.

The historic Lorain County Courthouse sits at 308 Second St. in Elyria. A new entrance could be built onto the south end of the historic Lorain County Courthouse, which will be renovated in a project overseen by the Lorain County Commission and the county judges. The trees around the courthouse lawn also would be removed, with new landscaping around the building and interior renovations. Richard Payerchin — The Morning Journal

 

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20160607/renovations-planned-for-historic-lorain-county-courthouse

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There was a movement to save the old Franklin County courthouse, but it fell on deaf ears. The building had been badly altered in the 50s but not beyond restoration. The interior was wonderful, with beautiful woodwork, high ceilings and grand staircase. I remember it well.

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The destruction of the courthouse was at a time of wholesale urban renewal efforts in Columbus. Many treasures were lost without a second thought. The freeway building did horrific damage to the urban fabric as well.

 

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Indeed. That's why the Columbus Demolition Watch thread is 3 pages long but the one for the other two Cs is much longer. If it was 1974 the Columbus Demolition Watch thread would be 1100 pages long.

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