The building that houses the Logan County Museum in Paris has undergoing a renovation of its exterior. It is believed to be the first renovation of the building since it was built in 1903 to house the Logan County Jail.

The renovation is costing $46,000, according to Logan County Museum Curator Jeannie Reynolds. Work began on April 17 and should be finished by the end of the week. The work is being done by Mid-Continent Restoration Co. Inc. and by Nabholz Construction of Little Rock. Architect Jo Minden of Paris served as a consultant, Reynolds said.

“None of the exhibits have been affected,” Reynold said last week. “All of the work in being done on the exterior. The museum came up with about $16,000 to match a $40,000 grant from the Arkansas Department of Heritage.”

Work has been done to restore the masonry that had deteriorated, Reynolds said. It includes using the exact formula for mortar that was used when the building was constructed.

In addition to restoration work, members of the museum’s board have been working on exhibits, Reynolds said.

“The inside of the museum is a lot less cluttered and more orderly because of the work the board has done on our exhibits,” Reynolds said.

Reynolds added that items which has been removed have been store in a warehouse owned by Hardwicke Furniture of Paris.