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Severe cold has kept courthouse restoration indoors

Severe winter weather has prevented Midstate Contractors Inc. crews from preparing a base for the Logan County Courthouse’s new clock tower.

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Craftsmen have been working to replicate architectural features such as these oval windows from the former Logan County Courthouse clock tower. It is hoped the replica will go up yet this year. (Photo | Midstate Contractors Inc.)

But the warm confines of the Marion-based restoration firm have allowed craftsmen to begin fabricating the sheet metal that will adorn the replica structure when it goes back up, scheduled for later this year.

A June 29, 2012, windstorm damaged the 70-foot tower, forcing the removal of the heavy timber and thick metal sheet structure erected in the early 1870s.

Since then, the county courts and clerk of courts offices have been moved to the renovated Carnegie Building at 140 N. Main St., while plans are developed for the new tower and other significant structural work on the courthouse.

Midstate entered the winter season with plans to shore up the area below the tower and waterproof the roof over and around the damaged tower base. Crews accomplished those goals, but have not been able to set forms and pour concrete for a new base.

The new base will include anchors for the replica tower which will have a metal frame that is much lighter than the original timber structure.

“Midstate is waiting on the weather to break,” Logan County Commissioner Tony Core said. “They are fully ready and prepared to put up forms and pour concrete once there is a stretch of good days.”

 

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