A Closer Look: Erie County Hall
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Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Erie County Hall was designed by Architect Andrew J. Warner, and constructed from 1872-1875, a conservative version of Gothic Revival. The most prominent feature of the design is the bulky Central Tower topped with huge figures representing Justice, Mechanical Arts, Agriculture and Commerce, sculpted by Giovanni F. Sala. On the inside of the building the deed room remains unchanged from Warner’s original design. The remainder of the building underwent extensive renovation in 1925 by Harold Jewett Cook, a local architect renowned for his bank designs. A three-year, $3.4 million restoration project was completed at Erie County Hall in 2015 and included masonry repointing, removal and replacement of copper gutters, refurbishment of the iconic clock tower, and repairs to structural steel supports. Grover Cleveland began his political career here, serving as Erie County Sheriff. President McKinley’s body laid in state in the building drawing over 90,000 people in 1901. His assassin Leon Czolgosz was tried and convicted here in just two days. Erie County Hall is now home to the offices of the Erie County legislature, as well as county court offices. The building is on the National Register of Historic Places.