17 November 2007

the history of the Mahoning County Courthouse

The Mahoning Valley History Blog presents a fascinating lesson about the construction of the courthouse downtown.

The cornerstone was laid on June 11 1908 and the structure was composed of lavish terra cotta, marble and Honduran mahogany as county leaders attempted to “build the finest courthouse between Chicago and New York.”

Wonderful pictures throughout the post are displayed, including the first courthouse downtown by the amazing african-american architect P. Ross Berry in 1876.

You will also learn about how Mahoning County came to be (after forming from both Trumbull and Columbiana counties), Youngstown's only execution, and how the historic preservation of the building in the late 1980s won national preservation awards.

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