Greene County Courthouse (Ohio)

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The Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse, Xenia.jpg
Front of the courthouse
General information
Architectural style Richardsonian Romanesque
Town or city Xenia, Ohio
Country United States
Coordinates 39°41′8″N 83°55′44″W / 39.68556°N 83.92889°W / 39.68556; -83.92889Coordinates: 39°41′8″N 83°55′44″W / 39.68556°N 83.92889°W / 39.68556; -83.92889
Construction started 1901
Completed 1902
Cost $191,764.50
Client Greene County Commissioners
Design and construction
Architect Samuel Hannaford & Sons

The Greene County Courthouse is located at 45 North Detroit Street in Xenia, Ohio.[1] The building was designed by Samuel Hannaford & Sons and was completed in 1902.

History[edit]

Construction of this, Greene County's third courthouse, began in 1901. The architects of the Greene County Courthouse were Samuel Hannaford and Sons, who completed the building in 1902 at a cost of $191,746.[2] Hannaford was also the architect of the Cincinnati City Hall, which shares very similar architectural styling and was built 13 years earlier.

Clock tower[edit]

The primary feature of the building is its 145-foot-tall (44 m) clock tower. The clock is from Michigan and has a weight of 4,500 pounds inside of a frame that weighs 3,000 pounds. The clock bells ring every hour indicating the time. Before 1941, the bells were rung manually by a custodian worker each hour. The clock was electrified in 1941 and now rings on its own.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.supremecourt.ohio.gov/Courthouses/greene.asp
  2. ^ http://www.co.greene.oh.us/CPC/CPC_CH_History.htm
  3. ^ http://www.co.greene.oh.us/CPC/CPC_CH_History.htm

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Thrane, Susan W., County Courthouses of Ohio, Indiana University Press, Indianapolis, Indiana 2000 ISBN 0-253-33778-X
  • Marzulli, Lawrence J., The Development of Ohio's Counties and Their Historic Courthouses, Gray Printing Company, Fostoria, Ohio 1983
  • Stebbins, Clair, Ohio's Court Houses, Ohio State Bar Association, Columbus, Ohio 1980