Delaware County Historic Courthouse restoration nearly finished

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Restoration brings courthouse windows back to view

A Veterans Day ceremony will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, at the new veterans memorial in front of the Delaware County Historic Courthouse, where a yearlong restoration project nears completion. 

Throughout the renovations, a statue of a Civil War soldier remained in place, but monuments to other wars temporarily were removed, said county communications assistant Marisa Stith. 

Those monuments now are installed in new positions, along with flags for each branch of the military, as well as a POW-MIA flag, an American flag and a state flag, Stith said.

 The county commissioners plan to rededicate the veterans memorial in a public ceremony lasting about 40 minutes, Stith said.

The courthouse has stood on North Sandusky Street since its construction was completed in November 1869. 

The roughly $9.5 million renovation project modernized the building from top to bottom while preserving and paying homage to many of its vintage features, according to county administrator Michael Frommer and county facilities director Jon Melvin.

The county’s judges and courtrooms earlier moved to the new court building at 117 N. Union St.

On Nov. 20, the Historic Courthouse will be ready for its new occupants to start moving in, Frommer said.

They will include the county commissioners and their staff, the administrator’s office, the county’s human resources office, the economic-development department, and communication personnel.

They will move into offices still showing the styles of 1869, with the added conveniences and safety of 2020, Melvin said. 

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The Delaware County Historical Society applauds the restoration of this historic building.  It is a vital part of our history.