The Board of Commissioners is considering to demolish a 1884 courthouse that is on the National Resister of Historic Buildings because they feel its condition is a cosmetic blight to the Tiffin, Ohio downtown. This petition is aimed at convincing the Board to allow the building to be placed in a safe and secured condition until the proper funds may be allocated to restore its civic purpose and presence.
Letter to Board below -
Seneca County Commissioners
David G. Sauber, Sr., President
Benjamin E. Nutter, Vice-President
Jeffrey D. Wagner
111 Madison Street
Tiffin, Ohio 44883
It is with great respect that this letter is submitted by concerned Constituents of Seneca County, Residents of the State of Ohio and supporting individuals beyond Ohio urging the Board of Commissioners to save from demolition the Seneca County Courthouse. The building is a prominent Tiffin, Ohio landmark, a historic Ohio courthouse and a fine piece of civic architecture. The people challenge the Board to consider that difficult decisions in this time of economic hardship must be balanced with our civic responsibility to maintain and restore society’s important edifices that contribute to the history and character of our cities and our nation.
The Seneca County Courthouse has fallen into cosmetic disrepair, but there is much reason to believe that the 1884 courthouse can be given new life and serve the people of Tiffin once again. There have been many studies performed that indicate the building is structurally sound and an excellent candidate for rehabilitation and reuse. It is our recommendation that plans for demolition are abandoned and consideration is given for either immediate renovation of the building or allowing private citizens to fund the costs and responsibilities for mothballing the building in order to maintain it in safe and reasonable stasis until a time at which the once proud courthouse can be restored.
Buildings of this time were designed and built to represent our society’s values, and they evoke the sense of place and permanence that cannot be replicated or replaced. The year the Seneca County Courthouse was opened saw the beginning of construction of the Statue of Liberty and the completion of the Washington Monument, a testament to the grand age from which this building heralds and the historical importance it signifies. If destroyed, the Seneca County Courthouse would become the first Ohio courthouse on the National Register of Historic Places to be torn down.
With these notions in mind, please reconsider the irreversible decision of demolishing the Seneca County Courthouse so that it can be saved until a later time that it can be restored to prominence and be appreciated by future generations. Thank you for your thoughtful consideration.