Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House

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Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House
Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House.jpg
View from across the street
Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House is located in Ohio
Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House
Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House is located in the US
Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House
Location 4 W. Main St., Versailles, Ohio
Coordinates 40°13′20″N 84°29′6″W / 40.22222°N 84.48500°W / 40.22222; -84.48500Coordinates: 40°13′20″N 84°29′6″W / 40.22222°N 84.48500°W / 40.22222; -84.48500
Area less than one acre
Built 1876
Architect James C. Goodall
Architectural style Italianate
NRHP reference # 81000432[1]
Added to NRHP February 18, 1981

The Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House, located at 4 West Main Street in Versailles, Ohio, in the United States, is an historic brick town hall building built between 1875 and 1876 by joint resolution of the Versailles Village Council and the Wayne Township Trustees. It is also known as the Versailles Village Hall. On February 18, 1981, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

History[edit]

During June and July, 1875, the Versailles Village Council and the Wayne Township Trustees met and agreed to build a structure to be called the Versailles Town Hall and Wayne Township House, for the joint use of both governmental bodies.[2] Completed by local builders in the following year, it served originally as the jail and fire station, and also included in the building were community meeting rooms and a theater. Among the most distinctive features of the building's architecture are large double doors at the entrance, topped with a prominent transom. Such a structure is quite uncommon in the villages of western Ohio, where fine Italianate town halls are very rare.[3]

The Town Hall and Township House was one of the few structures to survive a massive fire that destroyed most of downtown Versailles in 1901. Today, the building houses the village's municipal offices, police department, and rescue squad.[3] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981 because of its place in local history and because of its well-preserved historic architecture.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ Village of Versailles history Archived February 27, 2008, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ a b Owen, Lorrie K., ed. Dictionary of Ohio Historic Places. Vol. 1. St. Clair Shores: Somerset, 1999, 309.

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