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Fayette County courthouse, 1960

Posted on March 20, 2015 | in Uncategorized | by
Interior of the "Starry dome" in the Fayette County Courthouse, which was slated for an extensive remodeling job in 1960-61. Construction on this, the fifth Fayette County Courthouse, began in July of 1898 and was finished February 1, 1900. The new courthouse was a Richardson Romanesque style, a three-story stone masonry building, with a dome, clock and cupola (with weather vane). In 1960-1961, the interior of the courthouse was extensively renovated, to provide more courtrooms and offices. These renovations included the removal of the interior “Y” stairs and closing off the dome. The last trial was held in the courthouse in 2002 and in 2003 the Lexington History Center opened. During 2012, the courthouse was closed to the public due to lead paint and asbestos found in the upper floors. Proposals are under currently under consideration to restore the courthouse to the original design. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader August 28, 1960. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

Interior of the “Starry dome” in the Fayette County Courthouse, which was scheduled for an extensive remodeling job in 1960 and 1961. Construction of Fayette County’s fifth courthouse began in July 1898 and was finished on Feb. 1, 1900. The courthouse was a Richardson Romanesque style, a three-story stone masonry building, with a dome, a clock and a cupola (with a weather vane). In 1960 and 1961, the interior was extensively renovated to provide more courtrooms and offices. These renovations included removing the interior “Y” stairs and closing off the dome. The last trial was held in the courthouse in 2002, and in 2003, the Lexington History Center opened. In 2012, the courthouse was closed to the public after lead paint and asbestos was found in the upper floors. Renovation of former the courthouse could cost $38 million, a March 2015 report said. Published in the Lexington Herald-Leader on Aug. 28, 1960. Herald-Leader Archive Photo

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