Greene County Courthouse (Ohio)

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The Greene County Courthouse
Greene County Courthouse, Xenia.jpg
Front of the courthouse
General information
Architectural styleRichardsonian Romanesque
Town or cityXenia, Ohio
CountryUnited States
Coordinates39°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 started1901
ClientGreene County Commissioners
Design and construction
ArchitectSamuel 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.


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]


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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