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Stark County Courthouse

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Identification

Stark County Courthouse
127801

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

court house

Facts

  • The Courthouse tower rises high above the intersection of Tuscarawas Street West and Central Plaza North. The tower features a clock on all four faces and a quartet of trumpet-blowing angels at the lantern.
  • The Courthouse and Annex were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1975.
  • The courthouse was saved from demolition and renovated rather than have the court and its offices move to a new, modern structure.
  • Fire insurance maps show a former height of 125 feet (38.1 meters) before the sculptures were removed from the top of the tower.
  • The original 1870 courthouse featured two clock towers. When the courthouse was constructed, one of the towers was demolished while the height of today's existing tower was raised.
  • Twenty-fifth U.S. President William McKinley (1843-1901) practiced law in the building as Stark County Prosecutor and his body lay in state in this courthouse following his 1901 assassination in Buffalo, New York.
  • The four angels were removed to prevent potential damage from vibrations during construction on adjacent Central Plaza.
  • The exterior of the building was constructed around the original courthouse, built on the site in 1870.

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Location

115 Central Plaza North
115 Central Plaza North
44702
Canton
Ohio
U.S.A.

Technical Data

49.34 ft
4
1893
1895
1995

Involved Companies

J. Milton Dyer

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Features & Amenities

  • City landmark
  • National landmark
  • Clock(s) displayed on the outside
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