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Clermont County

Clermont County is the French name for “clear mountain”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Warren County

E – Brown County

S – Bracken County, Kentucky and Pendelton County, Kentucky

W – Campbell County, Kentucky and Hamilton County

 

Created:  December 8, 1800                  Map of Ohio highlighting Clermont County

County Seat: 

Williamsburg      1800 – 1817

New Richmond   1817 – 1824

Batavia               1824 – present

 

County Courthouse – Batavia 

 

Location:  270 East Main Street / North 3rd Street

Built:  1996 – 1998

Style:  Modern / Federal and Greek Revival

Architect:  Steinkamp, Steinkamp & Hampton

Contractor:  Hemmer Industries, Inc. of Florence, Kentucky

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Batavia. The southwest front has a portico with four white columns rising to a pediment at the roof line. On the roof of the portico is a high white colored cupola. A narrow horizontal band runs above the first story. The roof is hipped. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas.

 

Old County Courthouse – Batavia 

 

 

Location: 270 East Main Street / North Market Street

Built:  1935 – 1936

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  Hunt and Allen

Contractor:   Varous trades

 

Description:  The building faces southwest and is a two story red colored brick, stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped ground in the center of Batavia. The southwest front has a projecting center section with four large vertical columns rising to a wide header. The second story has large windows. The building adjoins the new courthouse on the southeast side. In the interior, the courtroom is located on the second story. The building was enlarged in 1959. County Courthouse Annex No. 1 was joined to the building in 1966. The building is joined to the new courthouse on the east side.  

 

Note:  The following bids were awarded for the construction of the courthouse

Cut Stone – Swenson Company of Bloomington, Indiana

Terrazzo – Cassini Mosaic and Title Company of Cincinnati

Marble – D Siewers Marble Company of Cincinnati

Iron & Steel – Reliance Art Metal, Inc.

Millwork – Elliott Lumber Company of Danville

Steel Buck and Doors – Durbrow and Otte

Flooring – United General Flooring Company

Hardware – J H Schroder Company

Plumbing & Heating – M J Gibbons Supply Company

 

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Middletown ( 12th Appellate District )

 

History:  The county was created in 1800 and Williamsburg was selected as the county seat in 1801. The county rented the old log courthouse from Thomas Morris as the first courthouse until 1804 and then rented the house of Nicholas Sinks as the second courthouse. In 1810, the third courthouse was a two story stone structure designed by Nicholas Sinks and built at a cost of $1,499. The county seat was moved to New Richmond in 1817 but the courthouse in Williamsburg continued to be used as no courthouse was built in New Richmond. The county seat was moved to Batavia in 1824. Court met in the Methodist Church until 1827. The third courthouse was a two story Greek Revival style structure designed and built by Ezekiel Dimmit in 1824 to 1827 at a cost of $3,484. The courthouse was torn down in 1935 and the fourth courthouse was constructed in 1935 to 1936 at a cost of $96,505. The fifth and present courthouse was constructed in 1996 to 1998 at a cost of $5,176,906.

 

County Administration Building – Batavia 

 

 

Location:  76 South River Drive / Main Street

Built:  1993 – 1995

Style:  Modern / Greek Revival

Architect:  Steinkamp & Steinkamp

Contractor:   Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story red colored brick and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Batavia to the northwest of the courthouse. The northeast front has a projecting center section rising to a pediment at the roof line. The roof is hipped.

 

 

County Courthouse – Batavia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Batavia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse Annex No. 1 – Batavia

 

 

County Administration Building – Batavia

 

 

Photos taken 2011 and 2012