Tiffin woman committed to saving courthouse

Seneca County Courthouse
Seneca County Courthouse
Lin Talbot-Koehl of Tiffin took pictures of the inside of the courthouse to prove it's in good shape.
Lin Talbot-Koehl of Tiffin took pictures of the inside of the courthouse to prove it's in good shape.

TIFFIN -- The battle to save the Seneca County Courthouse in Tiffin from a wrecking ball continues, reports News 11's Dick Berry.

Preservationists claim the 1884 courthouse is the most important building in the county, but county commissioners believe it's too costly to renovate and that demolition is the only option.

One woman has just joined the campaign to save the courthouse -- with her camera.

"The staircases are solid as rock," says Lin Talbot-Koehl of Tiffin. Indeed, she's documented with her camera reasons the courthouse should be saved.

The pictures were shot during a recent tour of the closed courthouse. Talbot-Koehl has posted them on a web site to show the building is not crumbling.

The only problem spot she found: a leaking pipe that's stained a wall.

"The building is not molding. Barely dusty. Couple offices in there look like the people just stepped out to lunch. Computers and books everywhere. It's actually in remarkable shape," Talbot-Koehl says.

Seneca County Commissioners voted to demolish the building and replace it with a new modern structure. Preservationists launched a court battle to save it. They lost, and the case is now under appeal.

"We'll find out through the court where it goes from here. Where it's going to go, I don't know," says Michael Bridinger (R) Seneca County Commissioner.

Talbot-Koehl believes she's done her homework. She says when you go to England or France, you see that buildings like this are revered for their history.

And, she says, "The courthouse will be taken down over my dead body. I'm committed to saving that courthouse."

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