Portage County

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Portage County is named for the Native America word “portage” meaning “to carry goods around”.


Created:  June 7, 1807

County Seat:

Ravenna  1807 – present


County Courthouse – Ravenna 


Location:  203 West Main Street / East Maple Street

Built:  1959 – 1960

Style:  Modern

Architect:  C G Kistler of Kent

Contractor:  The W B Gibson Company of Warren


Description:  The building faces north and is a two story glass and concrete structure. The north front has a large portico supported by pillars with a large center opening. The recessed entrance and walls are glass. There are vertical panels between the first and second story windows. The roof line is flat. The building was renovated in 2001 and the front portico as added.


Note:  The present courthouse replaced the 1881 courthouse designed by Samuel W Lane and built by P B Carpenter.



N – Geauga County

E – Trumbull County and Mahoning County

S – Mahoning County and Stark County

W – Summit County

















Photos taken 2010