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Delaware County

Delaware County is named for the Delaware Indians who took their name from the State of Delaware which was named after Lord De La Warr an early governor of Virginia.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Marion County and Morrow County

E – Knox County and Licking County

S – Franklin County

W – Union County

 

Created:  February 10, 1808                  Map of Ohio highlighting Delaware County

County Seat:

Delaware  1808 – present

 

Old County Courthouse – Delaware 

 

Location:  91 North Sandusky Street / Court Street

Built:  1868 – 1869

Style:  Classical Revival

Architect:  Robert N Jones of Radnor

Contractor:  Robert N Jones of Radnor

 

Description:  The building faces east and is a three story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds and the east front has a stone arch entrance flanked by triple globe lights and an extended balcony on the second story. Stone trim is around the window tops. A large extended cornice follows the roof line. In the center is a small cupola with the figure of Justice at the top. In the interior are the original fireplaces and wood floors. There is a mural showing Ohio’s great sea beneath an eagle and a 15 foot painted window on the west wall. The former County Court of Common Pleas courtroom is located at the south side of the second story now houses the Commissioners Meeting Room. The building was renovated in 1997. In 2020 to 2022, the building was renovated at a cost of $9,500,000 for use by the County Commissioners. The architect was Schooley Caldwell Associates and the contractor was Altman Company.

 

County Courthouse – Delaware 

 

 

Location:  110 North Sandusky Street / Court Street

Built:  2016 – 2017

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Silling Architects of Charleston, West Virginia

Contractor:  Lend Lease of Columbus and McDaniel’s Construction Corporation Inc.

 

Description:  The building faces east is a five story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds with the old courthouse on the west side. The east front has a projecting central tower with glass walls and with the one story entrance section projecting east with an extended roof. On the east and north sides, the upper stories have glass walls. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas.

 

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Canton ( 5th Appellate District )

 

History:  The county was created in 1807 and Berkshire was selected as the county seat. The county seat was moved to Delaware in 1808. The court met in various place until the first courthouse, a simple one story structure was built in 1815 to 1816 om Briar Hill at a cost of $8,000. The second courthouse was constructed in 1868 at a cost of $80,000 and is still standing. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 2016 to 2017 at a cost of $39,000,000.

 

County Administration Building – Delaware 

 

 

Location:  140 North Sandusky Street / Court Street

Built:  2000 – 2002

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Maddox – NBD Architecture and Schooley Caldwell Associates

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a four story red colored brick, glass and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds on the north side of the  courthouse. The south front has a central projecting tower with recessed entrance, and hipped roof. The east side has a one story portico at the entrance, The fourth story has white colored concrete walls. The roof line is flat. The building is named as the Rutherford B Hayes County Services Building. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Probate Division and Juvenile Division. The cost of construction was $14,000,000.

 

Old County Sheriff Residence and Jail – Delaware 

 

 

Location:  50 Central Street / North Sandusky Street

Built:  1877 – 1878

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Robert N Jones of Radnor

Contractor:  Unknown

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds. The east front has a one story porch on east side, The center section has a three story square red colored brich tower with entrance on the first story and steep roof at the top. On the west side, the building projects. The roof is hipped with dormers. The north side which housed the jail is rectangular. The building houses the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Appellate District located in Delaware County.

 

 

Old County Courthouse – Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Courthouse – Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Administration Building – Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

Old Sheriff Residence and Jail – Delaware

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2015 and 2018