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Crawford County

Crawford County is named for William Crawford, who was a hero of the American Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Seneca County and Huron County

E – Richland County

S – Morrow County and Marion County

W – Wyandot County

 

Created:  April 1, 1820                            Map of Ohio highlighting Crawford County

County Seat:

Bucyrus  1807 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bucyrus 

 

Location:  112 East Mansfield Street / North Walnut Street

Built:  1854 – 1856

Style:  Greek Revival

Architect:  O S Kinney of Cleveland

Contractor:  Auld & Miller

 

Description:  The building faces south and  is a three story buff colored rusticated sandstone blocks structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bucyrus. A stone-clad exterior was placed over the original brick front façade. The bottom story is partially underground and contains small square windows. The second and third story windows are large rectangular windows, with the second floor windows capped by stone head casings. The south front has a large portico with six high Corinthian columns which support the entablature and pediment above. The recessed entrance has a one story portico with two columns and a balcony on the second story. A green colored balustrade runs along the roof line. On the roof is a high square tower with columns and round drum with copper colored dome at the top, which in turn supports a small lantern. In the interior, the County Court of Common Pleas courtroom is located on the second story. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas. An addition was added in 1893. The architect was J L Assenheimer. In 1906 to 1908, the building was extensively remodeled. The architect was Harlan F Jones of Mansfield and the contractor was A E Hancock. A further addition was constructed in 2000 to 2001.

 

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Lima  ( 3rd Appellate District )

 

History:  The county was created in 1820 and Bucyrus was selected as the county seat in 1830 as the county was divided between Crawford in the north and Bucyrus in the south. The first county building, the jailhouse was built in Bucyrus 1827. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure which resembled the Ohio Statehouse designed by Colonel James Kilbourne and was built in 1832 to 1833. The second and present courthouse was a two story red brick Greek Revival structure designed by O S Kinney of Cleveland in 1854 to 1856. The building was remodeled in  1906 to 1908.

 

 

County Courthouse – Bucyrus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2015