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Greene County Courthouse - OU0562

 A historic and beautiful midwestern courthouse

Hidden by  Bernoulli

N 39° 41.123' W 83° 55.738' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Ohio
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 17 August 2012
 Date Created: 17 August 2012
 Last Modified: 18 August 2012
 Waypoint: OU0562


{{found}} 3 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 1 Comments
0 Notes
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Quick Cache Kid Friendly Available in Winter Historic Site Listed on OCNA Only 

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Congratulations to Grey-n-Red on the FTF!!!!

To log this virtual, you'll need to perform two tasks:

1.  The coordinates will take you to a plaque - the password is the first word on that plaque, in all caps.

2.  You will need to take a photo of yourself with the courthouse clearly visible in the background.

The history of the courthouse is below, taken from

The Courthouse, located at the corner of Detroit Avenue and Main Street in Xenia, Ohio, had its cornerstone laid March 15, 1901. Designed in the Richardsonian Romanesque style, the architects were Samuel Hannaford and Sons, who completed the building in 1902 at a cost of $191,746. This Courthouse was the third built to serve Greene County, the first built in 1809 at a cost of $3,396. The second in 1843. The material used to construct the Courthouse is Buff sandstone from Bedford, Indiana, built on a red sandstone base from Marquette, Michigan. Guarding the Detroit Avenue entrance are two stone griffins, familiar figures in the heraldry of feudal times. These lions were made by George McDonnell of Chicago. The exterior has round arched openings and corbelled cornice. A primary feature of the courthouse is the asymmetrical square clock tower above the southwest corner guarded by eight gargoyles, located on each side of the tower, just below the clock face. The clock tower is 145 feet high. The clock is from Manitee, Michigan, and weighs 4500 pounds inside a frame weighing 3000 pounds. The clock rings on each hour indicating the time. A custodian would wind the clock each day until December 1941 when the clock was electrified. The original glass face of the clock is now plastic. The roof is red tile. Inside the Courthouse, part of the walls and staircase are made of imported white Italian marble. The Mosaic floors are made of glass tiles. The second floor has several murals, with the one at the top of the stairs by an artist from Cincinnati, Ohio. The mural on the ceiling of the courtroom one is by John Archer of Schachne Studios, Dayton, Ohio. The stained glass window above the entrance to courtroom one was created by the Art Glass Company of Springfield, Ohio. In courtroom one, on the north side, is a beautiful colored leaded stain glass window titled "Justice is Blind" created by Erkins Glass Company of Springfield, Ohio. This window dates from the completion of the building at a cost of$400. The window depicts a blindfolded woman holding the scales of justice. It notes the years 1803 when Greene County was established, 1809, 1843 and 1902 when each Courthouse was erected. The following messages are also incorporated into its design: "The law delights in equity, it covets perfection, it is a rule of Right," and "The safety of the people is the supreme law." Before the stain glass window was completed in April 1902 it was damaged by high winds and needed repairs for completion at a cost of $200. Again on April 4, 1974, high winds struck Xenia in the form of a tornado. The path of the storm was directly beside the Courthouse. Much of the tile roof was damaged as well as the four glass faces of the clock. Several of the gargoyles were blown away but were recovered and replaced. The stained leaded window in courtroom one was not broken, but the changing air pressure of the tornado bowed the window requiring later refurbishing. A storm window protecting the glass likely saved it from further damage. The courtrooms have been refurbished and redesigned since 1902 as well as other offices in the Courthouse which originally held all Greene County offices. Due to security reasons, only the north side, Market Street entrance, is available for entry into the Greene County Courthouse.




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1 30 July 2013 Mr.Yuck Found it

Finally getting around to logging this virt. Had to take my picture of the lower half of the courthouse, and the side of it, as the morning sun was an issue from several angles. I've lost track, but I think I was there about 8:30 AM. Very nice County Courthouse, and a very nice historical write up. Thanks for placing this Virtual cache.
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Lower half of courthouse from the side
Lower half of courthouse from the side

1 21 August 2012 TommyGator Found it

They sure don't build 'em like this anymore----too bad!  This is a beautiful structure----It was very fortunate that it was able to survive the ferocity of weather it has experienced, and is a testament to its architects and builders.  Thanks for bringing me here (again)!
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Standing Tall
Standing Tall

3 18 August 2012 DJCreekCachers Comment

Congrats to Grey-N-Red for the FTF.  I guess that's the last time I'll think that one or two days won't matter with a new OC.US cache.  We were planning to grab these after church on Sunday and felt pretty sure we'd garner a FTF.  Not so.  We're still planning to get out here and grab the new caches.  Thanks for placing them.  DJCreekCachers

1 18 August 2012 Grey-n-Red Found it

Beautiful courthouse. It's survived 2 tornados. Detoured over this way before heading to the gym this morning. Remembered my camera this time. TFTC
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Grey at Greene County Courthouse
Grey at Greene County Courthouse