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Stark County

Stark County is named for John Stark, who was a hero in the American Revolutionary War.


Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Summit County and Portage County

E – Mahoning County and Columbiana County

S – Coshocton County and Tuscarawas County

W – Holmes County and Wayne County


Created:  February 13, 1808                  Map of Ohio highlighting Stark County

County Seat:

Canton  1808 – present


County Courthouse – Canton 


Location:  115 Central Plaza North / Tuscarawas Street West

Built:  1893 – 1895

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  John Milton Dyer of Cleveland

Contractor:  George Hammond


Description:  The building faces east and is a four story granite stone and buff colored sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Canton. The building has an imposing bell and clock tower on the northeast corner, crowned by four angels, the “Trumpeters of Justice”. The first story uses the Roman arch motif with the entrance having three arches over the south porch entrance. The second story uses round windows set in ornamented squares and the lower part uses a narrow Roman arch window. The upper story has square-headed Roman-style windows. The building has two porticos with elaborate pedimented design. The building was remodeled and the new building was built around the previous second courthouse constructed in 1868 to 1870. In the interior there are two courtrooms on the first story and three two-story high courtrooms on the second story. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – General Division and the Fifth District Court of Appeals. The architect was John Milton Dyer of Cleveland and the contractor was George Hammond. The building was renovated from 1992 to 1995.


History:  The county was created in 1808 and Canton was selected as the county seat. The first courthouse was a brick Federal style structure built in 1817 to 1818 with annex built in 1840’s. The second courthouse was an Italianate style structure designed by Henry E Myers of Cleveland and constructed by Henry Myers in 1868 to 1870 at a cost of $111,369.45, with a separate Annex. The courthouse was remodeled and expanded in 1893 to 1895 as the third and present courthouse. The cost of the 1992 to 1995 renovation was $11,000,000.


See:  The Court of Appeals ( 5th Appellate District ) also sits in Delaware County.


County Office Building – Canton 



Location:  110 Central Plaza North / Tuscarawas Street West

Built:  1967 – 1968

Style:  Modern

Architect:  Unknown

Contractor:  Unknown


Description:  The building faces west and is a six story glass and concrete structure. The building is located in the center of Canton to the southeast of the courthouse. Vertical concrete dividers run between the vertical glass windows. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas – Family Court on the sixth story and Probate Division on the fifth story.



County Courthouse – Canton





























County Office Building – Canton







Photos taken 2006 and 2015