Seneca County Courthouse

Image if the Seneca County CourthouseThe Seneca County Joint Justice Center was completed in 2018 at a cost of $14.4 million. Located at 103 East Market St. in the county seat of Tiffin, the facility was constructed on the same site as the former historic Seneca County Courthouse, which was constructed in 1884 and demolished in 2012 due to neglect and deterioration.

Charleston, W.Va.-based Silling Associates served as the architect on the project and worked closely with a committee, including a local historian and architectural designer. The committee created a rendering of a four-story Second Empire Style building featuring a mansard roof pierced by dormers at the fourth floor and a well-ordered rhythm of brick pilasters and window bays at the lower three stories. The concept also included a clock tower that was capped with a mansard roof and oriented to the west toward the public green space.

The clock tower includes a cupola that is capped with a statue of Lady Justice at 135 feet above the ground.

The 36,000 square-foot facility serves both the city and county and houses the city of Tiffin's Municipal Court, Clerk of the Courts, Common Pleas Court, and Probation Department.

Seneca County is named after the Seneca Indian tribe, which was the largest nation of the Iroquois Confederacy known as the “Keepers of the Western Door” for being the farthest west residing of the Iroquois Confederacy.