The historic Butler County Courthouse has survived many severe storms, flooding and other natural disasters. The most serious was a blaze that killed three firefighters.
On March 14, 1912, Butler County’s historic courthouse at 101 High St. in Hamilton burned, and lost its original clock tower — a four-tiered, onion-shaped cupola.
That area history was brought to mind on Monday as the world watched the devastating fire at the Notre Dame de Paris cathedral in Paris.
The courthouse took several years to build, from 1885 to 1889, and its elements were examples of Second Empire architecture.
A year after the courthouse fire, the Great Miami River region experienced a disastrous flood and the courthouse served as a temporary morgue when more than 200 people died in the 1913 flood, which occurred on March 25 and 26, 1913.