Montgomery County Courthouse (Ohio)

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Montgomery County Courthouse
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Montgomery County Courthouse built in 1847
Montgomery County Courthouse (Ohio) is located in Ohio
Montgomery County Courthouse (Ohio)
Location Dayton, Ohio
Coordinates 39°45′33″N 84°11′33″W / 39.75917°N 84.19250°W / 39.75917; -84.19250Coordinates: 39°45′33″N 84°11′33″W / 39.75917°N 84.19250°W / 39.75917; -84.19250
Built 1847
Architect Unknown
Architectural style Greek Revival
Governing body Local
NRHP Reference # 70000510 [1]
Added to NRHP January 26, 1970

The Montgomery County Courthouse (MCC), built in 1847, is an historic Greek Revival building located on the northwest corner of Third and Main streets in Dayton, Ohio. It is referred to locally as the Old Courthouse. The limestone building, modeled on the 5th century BC Temple of Hephaestus in Athens, Greece, is the nation’s best surviving example of a Greek Revival style courthouse.[citation needed]

The design was suggested by Dayton citizen Horace Pease, who had a book of sketches of the Acropolis in Athens which showed the Temple of Theseus, which he admired. Pease showed it to the Montgomery County Commissioners, who also were favorably impressed, and agreed it would be a good model for their new Courthouse. They hired architect Howard Daniels of New York to draw the plans in which he captured the form and beauty of the ancient Greek temple.[citation needed]

The building, now restored, stands as a tribute to the leaders of old Dayton and to the artisans of the Miami Valley who built it. The Dayton Historical Society, which became The Montgomery County Historical Society, then Dayton History, is housed in the Old Court House.

The Courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places on January 26, 1970.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.