: Taken by photographer Ihna Thayer Frary in 1934, this photograph shows the Sandusky County Courthouse in Fremont, Ohio. Built ca. 1840-1844 and designed by architect Cyrus Williams, the original courthouse is now the north wing of the current building, with additions made during the 1930s using Works Progress Administration (WPA) funds. The cupola is octagonal and has a small circular copper dome on top, and it was moved to the central portion of the building after the additions were made. The facade shown here features five Doric columns supporting the overhang of the porch.
Born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1873, Ihna Thayer Frary was a prominent American art and architecture scholar, whose primary interest was the architectural heritage of the region of northeastern Ohio known as the Western Reserve. In addition to serving as publicity and membership secretary of the Cleveland Museum of Art, he was a professor of Ohio and American architecture at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Western Reserve University’s School of Architecture. Over the course of his career, Frary was a design consultant for private clients and designed furniture, and was an active member of several prominent arts councils in the Cleveland area.
In 1963, Frary and his two sons donated his entire photographic collection to the Ohio Historical Society (now the Ohio History Connection). The Ihna Thayer Frary Collection consists of 4,000 5 x 7 photographs of private residences, churches, taverns, and public buildings, as well as select rural buildings, bridges, archaeological sites, and public monuments. View on Ohio Memory.
: P112_B54B_3816_01 Subjects
: Frary, I. T. (Ihna Thayer); Photography--Ohio; Architecture; Classical Revival (European revival style); Courthouses; Municipal buildings Places
: Fremont (Ohio); Sandusky County (Ohio)