Main Street, Canandaigua, NY
Built in 1858. Expanded and renovated in 1908.
Architect Henry Searle of Rochester.
Houses Supreme, County, Surrogate and Commissioner of Jurors.
Seventh Judicial District
Ontario has two buildings of historical importance, both of them in Canandaigua; the original county courthouse built in 1824, now used as the Canandaigua City and Town Hall and the present county courthouse built in 1857, diagonally across the street from the original. The larger 1857 courthouse, of Greek influence boasts a large gold colored dome, visible for miles around as its most prominent feature. Inside the newer building at the second floor lobby is a most interesting civil war wall memorial of intricately carved marble showing superb craftsmanship.
This more recent courthouse was the scene of a most publicized trial involving Susan B. Anthony, the leader of the woman-suffrage movement, who in 1873 was put on trial here for illegally voting in the 1872 Presidential election. The trial received national attention and despite Ms. Anthony's articulate defense, she was convicted.
The present county courthouse underwent a major expansion and renovation in 1908 and has remained basically unchanged since then.
Source: "Survey of Court Facilities in New York State," NYS Office of Court Administration. 1981 pg. 354