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Paulding County

Paulding County is named for John Paulding, who was the captor of the spy John Andre during the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Defiance County

E – Putnam County

S – Van Wert County

W – Allen County, Indiana


Created:  April 1, 1820                            Map of Ohio highlighting Paulding County

County Seat:

New Rochester  1839 – 1841

Charloe              1841 – 1851

Paulding             1851 – present


County Courthouse – Paulding 


Location:  115 North Williams Street / Perry Street

Built:  1886 – 1887

Style:  Romanesque

Architect:  Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo

Contractor:  Rudolph Ehrhart of Defiance


Description:  The building faces west and is a two story red colored brick structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Paulding. The west front has a projecting center section with large arch and two small arches on the first story and on the second story is an arch with three recessed windows. Above is a third story with small windows and the section rises to a peak with a higher twin tower section behind. The north, east and south wings project from the main building. On the center of the roof is a square tower rising to a round cupola with small cupola at the top. In the interior, the courtroom located on the second story has been divided into two courtrooms. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas. 


See:  The courthouse is similar to the courthouse in Lenawee County, Michigan.


See:  The architect, Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, also designed the courthouses in Williams County; and in Indiana in Noble Countyin Kansas in Montgomery County; and in Michigan in Lenawee County and Monroe County.


See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Lima  ( 3rd Appellate District  )


History:  The county was created in 1820 and New Rochester was selected as the county seat in 1839 when the county was organized. The county seat was moved to Charloe in 1841 and the first courthouse was built by B F Hollister at a cost of $10,000. In 1851, the county seat was moved to Paulding and the second courthouse was built in 1852. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1886 to 1887 at a cost of $40,000.



County Courthouse – Paulding











Photos taken 2011