Williams County

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Williams County is named for David Williams, who was the captor of spy John Andre during the America Revolutionary War.

 

Surrounding County Courthouses: 

N – Hillsdale County, Michigan

E – Fulton County and Henry County

S – Defiance County

W – DeKalb County, Indiana and Steuben County, Indiana

 

Created:  April 1, 1820                            Map of Ohio highlighting Williams County

County Seat:

Bryan  1820 – present

 

County Courthouse – Bryan 

 

Location:  1 Courthouse Square / High Street

Built:  1889 – 1890

Style:  French Baroque and Romanesque

Architect:  Edward O Fallis & Company of Toledo

Contractor:  Malone Brothers & Earhart of Toledo

 

Description:  The building faces south and is a three story red colored brick and Bera and Amherst limestone structure. The building is located on landscaped grounds in the center of Bryan. The south front has a stone framed entrance on the first story with small round towers on either side with red colored domes. The third story has a columned front with steep green colored roof. Round towers are at each corner of the building. On the center of the roof is a large square red colored brick tower with clock and sloped roof. The building houses the County Court of Common Pleas, County Juvenile Court and County Probate Court. 

 

See: The architect, Edward Oscar Fallis & Company of Toledo, also designed the courthouses in Paulding County; and in Indiana in  Noble Countyin Kansas in Montgomery County; and in Michigan in Lenawee County and Monroe County.

 

See:  Ohio Court of Appeals – Toledo  ( 6th Appellate District  )

 

History:  The county was created in 1820 and Defiance was selected as county seat in 1824 when the county was organized. The first courthouse was a frame structure built in 1824 at Wayne Avenue and Second Street. The county seat was moved to Bryan in 1841 and the second courthouse was a log structure built by Giles Tomlinson on the south side of the square in 1841 to 1842. The third and present courthouse was constructed in 1889 to 1890 at a cost of $185,000.

 

 

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County Courthouse – Bryan

 

 

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Photos taken 2010