The Logan County Courthouse in Paris is going to get some renovation work later this year, according to County Judge Ray Gack.
The 12 columns that support roofs on three sides of the structure, which was built in 1905, are going to be replaced, Gack said. That’s needed because the existing wooden columns are rotting. Replacing them will cost $212,440, Gack said.
“We’ve gotten a grant of $150,000 from the Arkansas Historic Preservation Society and the county will pay the remaining $69,000,” he said. “All of the columns will be done at once and it’ll be cheaper that way.”
Western Millwright Service of Russellville submitted the low bid on the project and has six months to complete the work, Gack said.
Gack had initially hoped to use vinyl or another material for the columns because of concerns about weathering. However, since the building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, wood has to be used.
The next step in the building’s renovation is to replace rotting wood on clock tower of the structure.
“We’re going to apply for another grant next year,” Gack said. “If we get it, that money will be used to repair the clock tower.
“I’m excited we’re going to be able to get this done,” Gack said. “We’ve got a pretty courthouse but we’ve got to keep it up.”