Brown County Courthouse dome to be restored

Brown County courthouse

BROWN COUNTY, Wis. (WBAY) – The century-old dome that sits on top of the Brown County Courthouse is going to be restored.

For many years, the Brown County Courthouse has stood the test of time.

“It was designed by Charles E. Bell back in 1908. The dome itself was completed in 1912,” said Troy Streckenbach, Brown County Executive.

“The copper is an interesting material that they used a lot for the federal projects in the early 1900’s and obviously through time they turned green. So that kind of gives a mark to its historical value,” said Lisa Kain, curator for the Neville Public Museum.

But it seems time has finally caught up with the iconic building.

“Obviously the material they had at their hand in 1908 and the technology is very different from what we have today,” said Kain.

“We obviously realized over time, just like the roof at your home, eventually you have to address it,” said Streckenbach.

Due to the building’s historical significance, Streckenbach plans to address the domes restoration process in his 2017 budget proposal.

“Once we have the full estimate of what it costs to replace the dome, we will be bonding for that next year,” said Streckenbach.

To get a better estimate, which is expected to cost between $1.2 and $2 Million, inspectors will be on site starting Monday to assess the condition of the copper-clad done, both inside and out using temporary scaffolding.

The assessment would be used to develop options for restoration, which is scheduled to start in 2017. Strechenback hopes to have the renovation project done by the time Brown County celebrates its 200th anniversary in 2018.

“At the end of the day when we look at these things it’s important that we are protecting not only our heritage and culture of our county, but also a building that has lasted the time,” said Strechenbach.

“These buildings are truly one-of-a-kind and they are sprinkled throughout the nation and they are treasures,” said Kain.

Strechenbach will introduce his 2017 budget in October.

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