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CourthouseI was driving down Main Street when all of a sudden a building announced itself in downtown. It was like nothing I had ever seen with its golden exterior. I found myself staring with my mouth gaping while sitting at that intersection.

Since then, I make sure to always leave a bit of time to just look at the the Hancock County Courthouse when I make my way downtown. Every look provides a different perspective of this grand building. I’ve read the historical markers, pondered the statues, admired the stained glass and have tried to take it in as a whole. I always see something different on these countless trips, and it always makes me look forward to the next time I can just sit silently and wonder at the imagination that created such a building.

I thought I was alone in this endeavor, but then we posted this picture on Facebook and the pride in our building just bubbled over as we had never seen. And it just continued. Austin Alanson Searfoss posted that our courthouse signals, “Findlay, Home Sweet, Findlay,” to him. Jay Yeater just told us about how sitting on the lawn of the courthouse during the Bicentennial marked a magical day for him. And pinners, like Karen Schuh, are even sharing views of it on Pinterest.

There is just something about this building. Whether it is draped in patriotic colors, holiday lights or just standing beautifully on its own, we all marvel at it. And we have pride in it. It’s Findlay. It’s ours. It’s Everybody’s Building. Take a look at it through the eyes of someone that has loved our building for almost his entire life.