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Downtown Sidney Index

The National Register of Historic Places recognizes more than 70,000 places in the U.S.; every community has these special places that document how those before us lived, struggled and influenced what we have become. However, in a rush for ‘progress’, people have often sacrificed the very monuments — impressive or humble — that embody their unique identity. Fortunately, Sidney, Ohio, continues to preserve many of its significant historic buildings.

The downtown business district features an architectural excellence unmatched in Western Ohio for its quality. Within a one block radius of the Shelby County Courthouse may be found an astonishing range of architectural styles such as Federal/Canal era, Greek Revival, Italianate, Victorian Gothic, French Second Empire, Neo-Classical Revival, Georgian Revival, Sullivanesque and Art Moderne.

In 1995, the Shelby County Courthouse Square in downtown Sidney was selected as one of 63 places nationwide as a Great American Public Place. It was chosen primarily due to its beauty, the historically preserved character of its many buildings, and the fact that it is still an active and vital part of the community.

The Historical Society is seeking to form a partnership with teachers to use historic properties to educate Shelby County’s young people about their heritage. If students are to truly care about preserving historic places, they must understand why they are important. The Society is not ‘pushing preservation’ but believes that recognition of the significance of places leads to the desire to protect them.

Downtown - ‘Place to Be’
Shelby County Courtsquare
Shelby County Courthouse
People’s Federal Savings & Loan
Cook’s Building
Shelby County Jail
Piper Building(s)
First United Methodist Church
Taylor/K. of C. Building
First National Exchange Bank
Thedieck’s/Fire of 1914
Carey’s Hall
The Purity
Wagner Hotel
Monumental Building
Spot Restaurant
Other: Bonnyconnellan Castle
Other: GreatStone Castle/Whitby Place

Amos Memorial Public Library
Bonnyconnellan Castle (Stripped and Sold)
Firstar's Roots Spans 100 years
Monumental Building: Monumental Past



Ohio Becomes a State
Early Years of Shelby County
Thatchers are first Settlers
Hardin is County Seat
Shelby County Established
Land Donated for Town
Charles Starrett
Sir Philip Sidney
John Blake
Sidney's Streets
Road Scraper/Interurban
Auto Replaces Trolley
Prefabricated Structure Designs
Life at the Shelby County Children's Home
Christmas in Historic Sidney
Sidney's Fire Protection (1857-1906)
Jimtown: First PTA in Shelby County
Sidney Masons (175th Anniversary)
Open Air Market has Long Tradition
Painted Ladies
Sgt. Baker's Twin


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