POMEROY — Do you know that the constructing the place the Meigs County Sheriff’s Workplace and Jail are positioned as soon as included a residence for the county’s high legislation enforcement official?
From 1896 when the present facility was accomplished till the 1980s, the constructing positioned subsequent to the Meigs County Courthouse was the house to the sheriff and his household, in addition to the executive workplace, workplace for deputies and the county jail. Sheriffs and their households from 1896 to 1984 lived within the residence portion of the constructing, in accordance to sheriff’s workplace data.
The constructing, which changed the previous sheriff’s workplace that was destroyed by fireplace was described within the native newspaper on the time as being “One of many best buildings within the county” on the time of its development.
“The destruction of the old jail by fireplace February four, 1894, on the time the Telegraph printing workplace was destroyed, made it needed for the County Commissioners to erect one other. At first it was the intention to put up an inexpensive affair, however after mature consideration it was determined to erect a contemporary constructing — one that might be a credit score to the county and an decoration within the metropolis of Pomeroy,” learn a Sept. four, 1895 article in The Tribune-Telegraph.
Development started in 1894 quickly after the fireplace.
The county added the previous printing workplace property to county property at a value of $,700 and excavating work started. George Bauer of Pomeroy was awarded the contract for excavating work within the quantity of $,818.75.
The entrance of the constructing, with its two nook towers, was designed to be 52-and-a-half ft excessive with the depth of the sheriff’s residence at 37-and-a-half ft deep. The towers, with their curved home windows, proceed to stand and are parts of the workplaces for the sheriff and different officers. The unique home windows stay in place right now within the towers.
The constructing was designed with 16 jail cells break up amongst two tales within the constructing. The jail area was 36 ft lengthy and 24 ft, three inches vast.
On the primary ground, the sheriff’s residence included a parlor on one aspect of the primary hallway, with a kitchen, pantry and eating room on the opposite aspect. On the second ground was 4 “spacious” bedrooms and a rest room.
The stonework on the constructing was to be the grey sandstone, uniform in coloration, for the bottom.
The 1895 article regularly references that the fabric used for the constructing was the most effective of its variety out there, from the sandstone to the Peach Backside roofing slate.
The full value for the grounds and constructing was round $24,000. D. Findling of Pomeroy acquired $589 for the plastering work. The Sanitary Plumbing and Heating Firm of Gallipolis was paid $,905.12. The VanDorn Iron Firm was paid $four,888.06 for iron and metal work. Pfarr and Genheimer of Pomeroy acquired $three,143.60, plus round $80 further for carpenter work. Bauer, who acquired $,818.75 for the excavation work, additionally acquired $,461.62 for the inspiration and $four,800 for the brick work and different work which totaled $10,706.77.
The article notes that a lot of the $23,462.45 spent on the mission went to folks from Meigs County as desire was given to Meigs County residents.
The at the moment 121-year-old facility continues to serve because the sheriff’s workplace and jail facility, though at a decreased capability.
What was a two-story, 16 cell jail at the moment is authorised to home solely 5 inmates for up to 12 days because it not passes jail inspections for a full jail facility. The second ground of the jail has been transformed into an proof room for the workplace.
The constructing has undergone the traditional put on and tear through the years, with present basis issues because the sandstone has worn through the years.