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Seneca County

Seneca County is named for the Seneca Native American tribe.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Wayne County

E – Cayuga County and Tompkins County

S – Schuyler County

W – Yates County and Ontario County

 

Created:  March 29, 1804                       Map of New York highlighting Seneca County

County Seat:

Ovid         1804 – 1818

Waterloo  1818 – present

Ovid         1822 – present

 

County Courthouse – Waterloo

 

Location:  48 William Street / Park Place

Built:  1817 – 1818

Style:  Georgian

Architect:  John Sayre, John Lyon and Luther R La Battelle

Contractor:  John Sayre, John Lyon and Luther R La Battelle

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Waterloo. The center section of the south front has a high portico supported by four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The main entrance is arched and framed with white wood. The east and west wings extend from the main building and rise to pediments. On the center of the roof is an octagonal white colored dome with gold colored roof. The building was rebuilt in 1914. The architect was William J Beardsley and the contractor was Charles K Benjamin. The building was renovated in 1994. The architect was L Robert Kimball & Associates of Syracuse and the contractor was Lehrer, McGovern Bovis Inc. of Ithaca.

 

County Administration Building – Waterloo

 

 

Location:  1 DiPronio Drive / Thurber Drive

Built:  1987 – 1989

Style:  Modern

Architect:  LARB Group

Contractor:  Lehrer McGovern Bovis Inc. of New York

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a three story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds on the east side of Waterloo. The west front has a one story portico at the central entrance. The windows are horizontal with white colored bands running above. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Seneca County Office Building.

 

Old County Courthouse – Ovid

 

 

Location:  NE – Main Street / East Seneca Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Clement Jones and Sidney Grant

Contractor:  O S Latham and O B Latham

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on spacious landscaped grounds in the center of Ovid. The west front has a large porch supported by four high white colored columns with pediment at the roof line. On the center of the roof is a round dome with white colored dome roof.

 

See:  The 7th Judicial District is located at 99 Exchange Boulevard in Rochester and includes Cayuga CountyLivingston CountyMonroe CountyOntario County, Steuben CountyWayne County and Yates County

 

Old County Clerk’s Office – Ovid

 

 

Location:  NE – Main Street / East Seneca Street

Built:  1844 – 1845

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Clement Jones and Sidney Grant

Contractor:  O S Latham and O B Latham

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building has a portico on the west front with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped.

 

New County Clerk’s Office – Ovid

 

 

Location:  NE – Main Street / East Seneca Street

Built:  1860

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces west and is a one story red colored brick structure. The building has a portico on the west front with four white colored columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped.

 

History:  The county was created in 1804 and Ovid was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1804. The county seat was moved to Waterloo in 1818. The second and present courthouse was built in 1817 to 1818. In 1822, Ovid become the second county seat using the first courthouse. The second courthouse was built in 1844 to 1845 and is still standing.

 

 

County Courthouse – Waterloo 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2010 and 2014