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Hamilton County

Hamilton County is named for Alexander Hamilton, who was the first Secretary of the Treasury.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Butler County and Warren County

E – Clermont County

S – Campbell County, Kentucky, Kenton County, Kentucky and Boone County, Kentucky

W – Dearborn County, Indiana


Created:  January 2, 1790                      Map of Ohio highlighting Hamilton County

County Seat:

Cincinnati  1790 – present


County Courthouse – Cincinnati


Location:  1000 Main Street / Court Street

Built:  1915 – 1919

Style:  Renaissance Revival

Architect:  Charles Howard Crane of Rankin, Kellogg & Crane

Contractor:  Charles McCaul Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a nine story stone and concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Cincinnati. The building is constructed with New Hampshire granite and Bedford limestone. Above the base are three levels grouped together by a colossal row of sixteen Corinthian columns. On the west front are three wide arched doorways which feature wrought bronzed screens. Flanking the doorways are arched windows of the same character. There is a rectangular shaped courtyard on the north side and the south courtyard was filled in for offices and courtrooms. The roof line is flat. In the interior there is a large entrance vestibule. The building has 30 courtrooms. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas and County Municipal Court – Civil Division. 


County Courts Building – Cincinnati


Location:  800 Broadway Street / Reedy Street

Built:  1931 – 1933

Style:  Art Deco

Architect:  Samuel Hannaford & Sons

Contractor:  Ferro Concrete Construction Company and Archiable Electric Company.


Description:  The building faces west and is a sixteen story Bedford limestone and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Cincinnati to the southeast of the courthouse. The building was originally the Times Star Building owned by the Taft family and was constructed of three-dimensional interwoven Bedford limestone blocks. The tower rises at the center of the west side and the wings and east section are lower in height. Intricate futuristic grillwork covers the windows. Four large carvings anchored on the crown of the tower are purported to signify Truth, Patriotism, Progress, and Speed. The statuary by Ernest Haswell and Jules Byrs was created to symbolize journalism and learning with statues of Franklin, Gutenberg, Caxton and Elzevier. The interior has a gilded gold arched entrance into an expansive marbled lobby, splashed with decadence, sporting underlying geometric floors. Art deco decorum is evident in the carved symbols depicting the printing trade, entangled with various depictions of American eagles, encompassing patriotism. There are Norman-style recessed ceiling panels and an appointed chandelier draped by a grand balcony. On the first floor and balcony, the elevators’ doors are designed with images of strong mythological women. The county purchased the building and renovated the structure in 1991 to 1994. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Division and Domestic Relations Division. 


County Justice Center – Cincinnati



Location:  1000 Sycamore Street / Court Street

Built:  1983 – 1985

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Glasser and Myers, Inc., Chamlin/Haupt and Gruzen & Partners

Contractor:  Messer Construction Company


Description:  The building faces west and is a ten story concrete and glass angular structure. The building is located in the center of Cincinnati on the east side of the courthouse. The entrance on the northwest side has glass panels. Above the first story, the windows are horizontal and narrow. The roof line is flat. The building faces onto a plaza with the Law Enforcement Center on the north side.


History:  The county was created in 1790. and Cincinnati became the county seat. The first courthouse was built in 1790. The second courthouse was a limestone structure built in 1802 at Fifth Street and Main Street at a cost of $3,000. The third courthouse was built in 1819 at a cost of $15,000 and burned in 1849. The temporary courthouse was a former four story pork packing house at Court Street and St. Clair Street. The fourth courthouse was designed by Isiah Rogers in 1852 at a cost of $695,000. The fifth courthouse was designed by James W McLaughlin and constructed in 1885 to 1997. The sixth and present courthouse was constructed at a cost of $3,022,000.


Ohio Court of Appeals – Cincinnati


See:  For the First Appellate District Court of Appeals see Ohio Court of Appeals – Cincinnati


Note:  The lowest point in Ohio is the Ohio River at 455 feet ( 138 meters ) which is located in the county. 



County Courthouse – Cincinnati















County Justice Center – Cincinnati



Photos taken 2012