In June 2019, Delaware County launched a construction project to preserve and renovate the Historic Courthouse. Begun in 1868 and completed in 1869, this iconic structure at the northwest corner of North Sandusky Street and Central Avenue, originally housed most of Delaware County’s elected officials and their staffs. The building was vacated in November 2017 when the offices working there (including the Court of Common Pleas and the Clerk of Courts) moved to the new Delaware County Courthouse at 117 N. Union St.
The renovation is scheduled to be completed in Summer 2020 at an estimated cost of $9.1 million, which is being financed with casino receipts that the county receives from the state of Ohio.
When the renovation is completed, its four floors will be occupied by:
- Ground floor: Delaware County Veterans Service Commission; accessible entrance
- First floor: Offices for the County Commissioners and their staff, including the County Administrator, Clerks, Staff Attorney and Communications Department. The front doors will be reopened to the public.
- Second floor: Hearing room for the Commissioners’ sessions; offices for the Economic Development and Fiscal Services departments
- Third floor: Human Resources Department
Additionally, the front lawn of the Historic Courthouse is being renovated to feature a Veterans’ Memorial Garden, utilizing the existing monuments and adding flagpoles to honor all branches of the United States military forces.
For more information, including time-lapse videos of the construction as it progresses, go to: https://co.delaware.oh.us/historic-courthouse-renovation/.