Media Information

 
 
 
Collection name:
Robert A. Deshon Courthouses Collection
Record:
Work Record ID:
306
Reproduction Record ID:
306
Work Class:
Architecture
Work Type:
county courthouse
Title:
Somerset Government Building
Title Type:
preferred
Title:
Perry County Courthouse
Title Type:
former
Creator:
Hampson, James, active early 19th century
Creator Dates:
1810-1840
Creator Type:
personal
Creator Role:
architect
Date:
1828-1829
Date Type:
creation
Location:
Somerset (Ohio)
Location Type:
site
Location:
Somerset (Ohio)
Style Period:
Federal
Style Period:
Italianate (North American architecture styles )
Culture:
American
Subject:
National Register of Historic Places
Subject:
towers (building divisions)
Subject:
hip roofs
Subject:
Somerset (Ohio)
Description:
This is an example of a first generation courthouse. It was used as a courthouse until 1851 when the county seat was officially moved to New Lexington, after several votes and Ohio Supreme Court rulings. There is an inscription above the entrance that reads "Let Justice be done if the heavens fall" that was originally supposed to read "Let Justice be done though the heavens fall." It is said that the stone masons ran out of room when engraving and had to shorten the inscription.
Information Source:
Thrane, Susan W. County Courthouses of Ohio. Indianapolis: Indiana University Press, 2000.
Reproduction Creator:
Deshon, Robert A., 1915-2007
Reproduction View:
Side facade
Reproduction View Type:
exterior view
Reproduction Information Source:
Ohio Historical Society
Reproduction Rights Statement:
These images are for non-profit use educational use. Publication, commercial use, or reproduction of material in physical or digital form requires prior written permission from the copyright holder.

Perry County Courthouse