Delaware, Ohio’s historic-preservation commission recently approved,
unanimously, of plans for a new judicial building. The new, more modern
structure will replace the former Elk’s lodge built in the 1870s
by 2017. The project will cost the county upwards of $32 million.
The new judicial building is part of the county’s wider efforts to
expand both services and resources.
Delaware County plans on adding another judge to accommodate a rapidly-growing community.
The move will need to be approved by the Delaware County legislature,
but sources close to the story seem to think that won’t be a problem.
The third judge will act as a domestic relations judge, the county’s
In addition to the new judge, the new judicial building will house a variety
of new services, including a domestic relations court, probation services,
the county clerk, and the Fifth District Court of Appeals. Currently,
the Elk’s-turned-judicial building houses juvenile and probate courts
too, but those will remain at the historic site while the majority of
the county’s judicial services move to the new location.
Officials from the historic commission commented that while it’s
a difficult task to make a modern building fit in with largely historic
architecture, the architects did an excellent job with the design for
the new judicial building.