History of Former Archives Building

History of the Former Archives Building

140 E. Main Street, Xenia, OH

(Note: The address for this building changed many times over the years)

1867 Samuel Puterbaugh signed his last will and testament, leaving to his son, Samuel, the west half of lot number 30 in Xenia, “known as the old Pottery”. (Will Record Vol. M, p. 17-24).
1869 The building at 140 East Main Street (modern day street address) was built, replacing or encompassing, another smaller building. According to Broadstone’s History of Greene County, published in 1918, the building was first used as a wholesale grocery establishment, the well-known Eavey & Co. Wholesale Grocers.
1870 H. H. Eavey made improvements, and according to Auditor’s Duplicates, “Imp. Store 1870”—Value of Improvements “$5000”.
1898 The building housed Palace Stable, owned by W. L. Marshall.
1904 The building housed Palace Stable, but was bought and owned by L.B. Dean & Son.
1912 Smith Advertising opened for business.
1959 Central Auto Parts opened for business.
1993 The building was purchased by the Board of County Commissioners of Greene County, Ohio.
1996 Greene County Records Center and Archives opened to public.
2011 Major structural damaged forced the Archives to close while the building was temporarily stabilized so the staff could move records to new location.
2012 In January, the Greene County Records Center and Archives began moving records to new location at 535 Ledbetter Rd.
2012 The building at 140 E. Main St. was demolished on July 3, 2012 due to loss of structural integrity.