Ontario County Courthouse

Ontario County Courthouse

Main Street, Canandaigua, NY

Built: 1858, expanded and renovated 1908

Houses: Supreme, County, Surrogate and Commissioner of Jurors

Judicial District: Seventh

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 1858, diagonally across the street from the original. The larger 1858 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