Description: This is a picture of the Atwood House in Chillicothe, Ohio, a Greek Revival house that was built in 1843 by Jacob Atwood from Baltimore, Maryland. The bricks at the front of the house were brought in from Atwood's foundry in Baltimore, with the rest of the bricks produced in a foundry in the basement. The house has only been owned by three families in it's history and is currently used as a bed and breakfast on the corner of South Paint Street and 4th Street. This photograph is one of the many visual materials collected for use in the Ohio Guide. In 1935, President Franklin D. Roosevelt established the Works Progress Administration by executive order to create jobs for the large numbers of unemployed laborers, as well as artists, musicians, actors, and writers. The Federal Arts Program, a sector of the Works Progress Administration, included the Federal Writers’ Project, one of the primary goals of which was to complete the America Guide series, a series of guidebooks for each state which included state history, art, architecture, music, literature, and points of interest to the major cities and tours throughout the state. Work on the Ohio Guide began in 1935 with the publication of several pamphlets and brochures. The Reorganization Act of 1939 consolidated the Works Progress Administration and other agencies into the Federal Works Administration, and the Federal Writers’ Project became the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio. The final product was published in 1940 and went through several editions. The Ohio Guide Collection consists of 4,769 photographs collected for use in Ohio Guide and other publications of the Federal Writers’ Project in Ohio from 1935-1939.
View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B07F02_013_1 Subjects: Chillicothe (Ross County, Ohio)--History; Ross County (Ohio)--History; Architecture; Antique and classic cars; Greek Revival architecture Places: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)
Description: This is a photographic reproduction of an illustration depicting the Ross County courthouse, which became Ohio's first statehouse in 1803. The building was torn down in 1852. Chillicothe was named the capital of the Northwest Territory in 1800 and became the first capital of the State of Ohio in 1803. The presence of influential men such as Thomas Worthington, the "father of Ohio statehood" and Edward Tiffin, Ohio's first governor, near Chillicothe made the city a convenient place to locate the capital. Zanesville served as the capital city from 1810 to 1812. In 1812, the capital was again moved to Chillicothe, where it remained until 1816. The Statehouse in Zanesville held the Ohio legislature from 1810-1812. The building in Zanesville closely resembled the capitol building at Chillicothe, but was built in the Federal style. In 1812 the capital was temporarily moved back to Chillicothe where it remained until December 1816. The capital returned to Chillicothe from 1812-1816 before finally being located at its permanent site of Columbus, which was considered a more central location. The main office of the Chillicothe Gazette now occupies a replica of this building on the site of the original. View on Ohio Memory. Image ID: SA1039AV_B02F02_016 Subjects: Chillicothe (Ross County, Ohio)--History Places: Chillicothe (Ohio); Ross County (Ohio)
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