Renovation of Historic Courthouse moves outside

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Covered with scaffolding, the Historic Courthouse work continues with a new roof, cleaning of the masonry, plus renovations inside. (Photo Courtesy: The Office of Mayor Jim Gray)

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – Lexington’s Historic Courthouse may be covered with scaffolding right now, but it will “soon be a source of city pride once more,” Mayor Jim Gray said.

“We are investing to make sure it will be around for future generations,” the Mayor said.

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Inside the 116-year-old building, contamination from lead and asbestos has been cleaned up, and many of the modifications that were made to accommodate the operation of Fayette’s Courts are gone. The Historic Courthouse housed Fayette Courts until 2002, when new District and Circuit Courthouses opened on Limestone.

Much of the work on the Historic Courthouse has now shifted to the outside. Scaffolding is up and workers are cleaning and repairing the masonry, and replacing the roof and gutters.

Expected to reopen in the spring of 2018, the Courthouse will house offices, a restaurant, a bar and space for receptions and events.