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Madison County

Madison County is named for James Madison, who was the fourth President of the United States of America.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Union County

E – Franklin County and Pickaway County

S – Fayette County

W – Greene County, Clark County and Champaign County


Created:  March 1, 1810                         Map of Ohio highlighting Madison County

County Seat:

London  1810 – present


County Courthouse – London


Location:  1 North Main Street / West High Street

Built:  1889 – 1900

Style:  Second Empite and Renaissance

Architect:  Geoege H Maetzel

Contractor:  Doerzbach & Decker


Description:  The building faces northeast and is a three story Bera Sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of London. The northeast front has a projecting center section with portico having double columns on the first story rising to a balcony and double columns on the second story rising to a pediment at the roof line. Behind the pediment is a high ornate clock tower. The building has a mansard roof with corner towers. The interior features dark wood tile and pressed metal ceilings as well as several fireplaces. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – General, Domestic Relations, Juvenile and Probate Divisions and County Municipal Court. On the southwest side of the building is the red colored brick jail.


See:  The architect, George H Maetzel, also designed the courthouses in Allen County and Shelby County.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Middletown ( 12th Appellate District )


History:  The county was created in 1810 and London was selected as the county seat in 1811. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1813. The second courthouse was a two story brick structure built in 1816. A bell was donated to the county for the courthouse by Robert Hume in 1830. The third courthouse was built in 1855. The fourth and present courthouse was constructed in 1889 to 1992.



County Courthouse – London























Old County Jail – London

Photos taken 2015