Belmont County

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Belmont

Belmont County is the French words “belle monte” meaning “beautiful mountain”.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Harrison County and Jefferson County

E – Ohio County, West Virginia and Marshall County, West Virginia

S – Monroe County

W – Noble County and Guernsey County

 

Created:  September 7, 1801                 Map of Ohio highlighting Belmont County

County Seat:

Pultney           1801 – 1805

St. Clairsville  1805 – present

 

County Courthouse – St. Clairsville 

 

Location:  101 West Main Street / North Market Street

Built:  1885 – 1888

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

Contractor:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a rectangular four story rusticated sandstone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St. Clairsville at the highest point in the city. The south front has a large portico with four Corinthian columns rising to a balcony at the second story. Above is a pediment above the third story with the Statue of Justice at the top. There are arched windows. On the center of the roof is a tall octagonal dome. In the interior the first story corridors are lined in tile mosaic forming geometric shapes. The two courtroom are located on the third story. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas, County Court of Common Pleas – Juvenile Court and County Court of Common Pleas – Probate. A carillon was installed in 1975 and the building was renovated in 1993. On the east side is the old Sheriff Residence and Jail.

 

Note:  The architect, Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland, designed courthouses in Guernsey County, Harrison County, Holmes County, Miami County, Perry County, Wood County and Wyandot County.

 

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Youngstown ( 7th Appellate District )

 

History:  The county was created in 1801 and Pultney ( now Shadyside in Monroe County  ) was selected as county seat. The county seat was moved to St. Clairsville in 1804. The first courthouse was a two story log structure built in 1805 at a cost of $1,000. The second courthouse was a two story brick Federal style structure built by William Brown in 1815. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1885 to 1888.

 

County Courthouse Annex – St. Clairsville 

 

Location:  147 West Main Street / North Marietta Street

Built:  1866 – 1867

Style:  Neo-Classical

Architect:  H C Weldy.

Contractor:  H C Weldy.

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a rectangular two story brick, limestone concrete structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St. Clairsville to the west of the courthouse. The building originally housed the First National Bank and had a cast iron façade with arched windows and door openings on the first story. The building was remodeled in the 1930’s. The south front has rectangular pilasters and stylized Corinthian capitals. The balustrade on the top features stone paneled sections and turned balusters. The roof line is flat. The building houses the County Court for the Western Division. 

 

Old County Sheriff Residence and Jail – St. Clairsville 

 

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Location:  101 West Main Street / North Market Street

Built:  1888 – 1890

Style:  Beaux Arts

Architect:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

Contractor:  Joseph Warren Yost of Cleveland

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a two story dark red colored brick, sandstone and stone structure. The building faces south and was completed in 1890. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of St. Clairsville on the east side of the courthouse. The long rectangular building has curved sandstone hoods over the front and side windows. The roof is steeply pitched with metal cresting at the ridge. 

 

 

 

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County Courthouse - St. Clairsville

 

 

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Photos taken 2011