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Franklin County

Franklin County is named for Benjamin Franklin, who was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and who lived from 1706 to 1790.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Delaware County

E – Licking County and Fairfield County

S – Pickaway County

W – Madison County and Union County

 

Created:  April 30, 1803                                      Map of Ohio highlighting Franklin County

County Seat:

Columbus  1803 – present

 

County Common Pleas Courthouse – Columbus 

 

Location:  345 South High Street / West Mound Street

Built:  2008 – 2010

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Design Group Inc. and Arquitectonica

Contractor:  Gilbane Building Company

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a seven story concrete and glass structure. The building is located to the south of the center of Columbus. The south front has a two story canopy supported by square pillars with glass walls on the west side with glass entrance. A tower rises on the west side above the roof line. The upper stories have horizontal dividers and glass walls. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas. 

 

County Government Center – Columbus 

 

 

Location:  373 South High Street / West Fulton Street

Built:  1969 – 1991

Style:  Modern

Architect:   Prindle & Patrick ( County Hall of Justice and Municipal Court Building )

USR Consultants ) ( County Courthouse )

Contractor:  Morse Diesel Inc. ( Municipal Court Building )

 

Description:  The Franklin County Government Center is a group of three buildings constructed between 1969 to 1991. The first building is the County Hall of Justice is a ten story concrete and glass structure constructed in 1969. The building faces north and is located on the northeast side and was completed in 1973. The second building is the Municipal Court a nineteen story buff colored concrete and glass structure constructed in 1977. The building faces east and is located on the southeast side and was completed in 1979. The building has twenty courtrooms from the 10th to the 15th stories and houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Domestic Relations and Juvenile Divisions and County Court of Common Pleas – Probate Division. The third building is the County Courthouse a twenty-seven story steel, concrete and glass structure constructed in 1989. The building faces east and is located on the west side and was completed in 1991. The Court of Appeals is located on the 24th story. The building was renovated in 2014. The architect was Schooley Caldwell Associates and the contractor was Corna Kokosing Construction Company. The low Connector Building joining the three buildings was constructed in 2010.  The architect was Schooley Caldwell Associates and the contractor was Gilbane Building Company. 

 

See:  Located in the County Courthouse is the Ohio Court of Appeals – Columbus ( 10th Appellate District ) and located in the county is the Ohio Supreme Court.

 

 History:  The county was created in 1803 and Franklinton was selected as the county seat. The first courts met in private homes. The first courthouse was a two story brick structure built by Lucas Sullivant in 1807 to 1808 at a cost of $6,000. The county seat was moved to Columbus in 1812. The court occupied the United States Courthouse a two story brick structure  on Capitol Square built in 1820 as the second courthouse. The third courthouse was a two story Greek Revival style structure built at High Street and Mound Street in 1837 to 1840 at a cost of $40,000. An annex was built in 1853. The fourth courthouse was designed by George H Maetzel and built in 1885 to 1887 on the same site. An annex was built in 1951. The County Hall of Justice was constructed on the north side in 1969 to 1973. The old courthouse was razed in 1974. The Municipal Court was constructed in 1977. The fifth courthouse  was constructed in 1989 to 1991 at a cost of $75,000,000. The County Common Pleas Courthouse was constructed in 2008 to 2010 at a cost of $105,000,000.

 

 

County Common Pleas Courthouse – Columbus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Government Center – Columbus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

County Hall of Justice – Columbia

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos taken 2015 and 2018