Updated 01/15/2013 08:51 AM
Historic Caldwell County Courthouse due for major renovation
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One on the most recognizable courthouses in Texas is due for some major repairs this year.
The Caldwell County Courthouse is beginning to show it age of nearly 120 years and on Monday, county commissioners discussed a major renovation for the historic building.
"Even though the scope may be the same as far as repairing windows or doing this or that, the actual amount of what we're going to have to do is larger," Darrell Dussetschleger said.
And larger means more expensive.
The county has bond funds in place to cover the repairs, but what will be done and just exactly how much it will cost is still being determined.
“There are a lot of areas where the paint simply doesn't adhere well to that metal," Dussetschleger said.
This year's restoration will include painting, window repairs and cleaning the sandstone structure. Steps will be taken to insure the building's historic integrity.
"It's an asset that the county is proud of and so our job as caretakers is to keep it in the best shape that we can," Caldwell County Administrator Ron Heggemeier said.
Because of the temperatures required for the paint, work will likely begin in March.
Crews estimate that the project will take 120 days, after which the most photographed courthouse in Texas will once again be ready for its close-ups.