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Posted on March 27, 2015 at 10:57 AM by Elise Kelly
The Greene County Courthouse is a beautiful, grand building that commands the attention of all who travel through the city of Xenia. The soaring clock tower serves as a point of reference for travelers.
How many times have you walked or driven past the courthouse and wondered who designed it, when and what style of architecture is it?
Working at the Greene County Records Center and Archives, I luckily have
the opportunity to dig in and find some answers to my questions using
real historical records. Interestingly enough, the present courthouse is
actually the third courthouse to be built for Greene County.
Circa 1900 Architectural Drawing of Greene County Courthouse
The first was built in 1809 however; by 1843 an elegant, Classical style courthouse was constructed. As years went by, the county’s needs began to mount and a larger, safer space was needed – the roof of the old courthouse collapsed at one point! In came, Samuel Hannaford and Sons of Cincinnati in 1900 to design a Romanesque stone courthouse.
Romanesque architecture is a Medieval European architectural style. Its features include thick walls and rounded arches. Hannaford also designed several Cincinnati buildings including: Cincinnati's Music Hall, Cincinnati Observatory, and Cincinnati City Hall (see below).
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