111 High Street NE
Warren, Ohio 44481
Warren Courthouse Square, 111 High Street NE, Warren, OH 44481
Public Square — Four Acres of Paradise
Downtown Warren has both historical and contemporary qualities that have drawn in visitors for more than two centuries.The downtown’s beauty – which can be traced back to the original layout designed by early settler Ephriam Quinby – charms visitors and workers as they go about their business. Some lovers of downtown find its so beguiling that they decide to make their homes of the upper floors of some of the buildings.The centerpiece of downtown is the Trumbull County Courthouse and the oasis of greenery on the structure’s south side – Courthouse Square, the site of several festivals. Built in the late 1800s, the courthouse was restored in 1999.
Downtown Warren gives the visitor a sense of the history that traces back to the earliest years of the young United States. Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwestern Territory, selected Warren as the county seat of all the Western Reserve. That meant that Warren was the center of the territory for all political, judicial and business activity. A comparison of the populations of several cities in 1810 demonstrates the importance of Warren: Cleveland had 547 residents, and Youngstown had 773. Meanwhile, Warren was the largest township in the Western Reserve with a population of 875.
The four-acre site of [Warren Courthouse Square], which provides the focal point of downtown Warren to this day, was part of the original plat plan designed by Quinby in 1801, said Wendell Lauth, past president of the Trumbull County Historical Society. Its sidewalks – a grid that crisscrosses the park – came from the Austin Stone Quarry, which is behind the first Wal-Mart store in Warren, he said. The grid was in place at the time of the second courthouse, which was destroyed by fire. The first courthouse also was destroyed by fire. The current courthouse, the third structure, was restored at a cost of $12 million before Warren’s bicentennial celebration in 1999.
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