Demolition began Monday on a retaining wall that surrounds the historic Logan County Courthouse. C&C Construction was selected by the fiscal court the end of October to tear down two sides, rebuild and place the iron back on top. The project cost is $115,500.
A large portion of the wall has been deteriorating and crumbling for some time. The wall is made of brick mixed with mortar. Parts of the wall could be as old as the courthouse itself.
“This project has been discussed for sometime. It is a project we had to face due to safety, as well as maintaining our courthouse,” said Judge Executive Logan Chick.
When walking or driving past, you could see where chunks had fallen out of the wall, as well as previous repair over the years to try and keep it together.
“It’s important to try and keep the historic look to our courthouse. Keeping the iron on top was important to the magistrates and myself,” said Chick.
Specs for the project were handed out in August. The plans were drawn out by engineer Jeff Arnold out of Bowling Green. He was the lowest among two bids received for the plans.
The Logan County Courthouse was built in 1904, this is Logan’s third courthouse. The courthouse has undergone many restorations and expansions since it was originally built. Court first met in 1793 in a two-story log structure known as the Cedar House. From 1822 through the late 1800’s the courthouse was located in the middle of Park Square.
When the Justice Center was built across the street, the judicial branches moved, leaving the judge executive’s office, child support and tourism behind. Fiscal Court is actively seeking tenants to fill the spaces left by the courts. Leaving with the judges was the funding given each year to maintain the courthouse by the Administrative Office of the Courts. That funding now goes to the Justice Center and the county must maintain the historic courthouse from it own coffers.
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