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Lorain County

Lorain County is named for the Province of Lorraine in France and was named by Heman Ely, the founder of Elyria, after the area he visited.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Lake Erie and Ontario, Canada

E – Cuyahoga County and Medina County

S – Medina County and Ashland County

W – Huron County and Erie County


Created:  December 26, 1822                Map of Ohio highlighting Lorain County

County Seat:

Elyria  1822 – present


County Courthouse – Elyria 


Location:  302 2nd Street / Middle Avenue

Built:  1879 – 1881

Style:  Renaissance

Architect:  Elijah E Myers of Philadephia

Contractor:  W D Richardson of Springfield, Illinois


Description:  The building faces north and is a three story Amherst Sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Elyria. The north front has three arches on the first story with recessed entrance. Four columns rise from the second story to the top of the third story with pediment above at the flat roof line. The former County Court of Common Pleas courtroom was located on the second story. The building now houses offices.


Note:  In 1943, the dome was removed from the building. The architect was Walker & Weeks.


See:  The architect, Elijah E Myers of Philadelphia, also designed the now demolished courthouse in Seneca CountyOhio and in Illinois in Knox County, Macoupin County and McDonough County and in Indiana in Grant County..


County Justice Center – Elyria 



Location:  225 Court Street / 3rd Street

Built:  2003 – 2005

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Collins Gordon Bostwick and Hellmuth, Obata & Kassabaum Inc. & Finkel, Knilans, Matakovich

Contractor:  R P Carbone Company


Description:  The building faces east and is a seven story buff brick and glass structure. The building faces east and was completed in 2005. The east front has a large glass walled entrance section. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – General, Domestric Relations, Juvenile and Probate Divisions.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Akron ( 9th Appellate District )


History:  The county was created in 1822 and Elyria was selected as the county seat in 1824 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was built in 1824. The second and present courthouse was constructed in 1879 to 1881. The County Justice Center was constructed in 2003 to 2005.


County Administration Building – Elyria 



Location:  226 Middle Avenue / 3rd Street

Built:  Unknown

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a four story steel, concrete and glass structure.



County Courthouse – Elyria  









County Justice Center – Elyria 





County Administration Building – Elyria 



Photos taken 2010