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Fulton County Courthouse Renovation 2018

Fulton County Courthouse Renovation 2018

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Dec 07

Courthouse Renovation Update December 2018

Posted on December 7, 2018 at 3:15 PM by Toni Schindler

Exciting things are happening inside the historic Fulton County Courthouse as it undergoes a major renovation! We are a little over one month into the project, and so far we have had very few setbacks or financial overages. Knock on wood, we're off to a great start!  

The Fulton County Commissioners have hired Mosser Construction, Inc. (Maumee, OH) as the General Contractor and Garmann Miller & Associates (Minster, OH) as the Architects for this project.  

The last time I was in the courthouse was in September 2018,  just after all of the court office personnel had moved out to their new temporary locations. It was eerily quiet in the hallways, and I couldn't help but think about all of the history, stories and justice that had taken place in this building since it was built in 1872.  

On November 27th, 2018, I decided it was time to put on my hard hat and fluorescent yellow vest to go explore what was taking place inside the courthouse!  

Toni Schindler getting ready to explore the courthouse rennovation 11.28.18

Entering into the courthouse through the basement, I was greeted with a typical construction zone. The dark brown paneling that once had lined the walls of the basement has been removed down to the studs. It was dusty and debris filled!  

Photo of the Courthouse Basement 11.28.18 during rennovation                                    Exposed Brick from inside the courthouse during rennovation 11.28.18

It was pretty cool to see the old elevator shaft, and the pulley that is now simply hanging down. The courthouse will be fitted with a new, ADA compliant elevator, which will be much bigger than the old one.  

Elevator Shaft 11.28.18

Elevator Sgaft Opening

While crews were removing the old elevator, they found a calendar in the wall from April 1975 that had the date April 9th marked with an "x." You can see a handwritten message that says something along the lines of "Remodeling work in this and of hall performed by Leo Dominique-Chief Carpenter-2nd Mike Dominique-Assistant during month of April 1975. Interested bystanders and would be-but ignored-supervisor the following: (Lists of several names of those present)."

This calendar is now being proudly displayed in the Contractor's office and we'll have to find a special pace for it when construction is complete.  

Calendar from 1975 found in the wall of the elevator shaft in the Courthouse with names of people th

Empty offices line the first floor of the courthouse. Here is a photo of one of the many old vaults that were in the courthouse. These vaults are extremely heavy.  

Safe from Clerk of Courts Office 11.28.18

If you have ever been in the courthouse, and have gone up the main stairs to the Common Pleas Courtroom, you might remember the bright red carpet that lined the stairs, and much of the courtroom. The carpeting will soon be replaced. 

 Stairs to Common Pleas Courtroom without the red carpet 11.28.18

Here is a photo of one of the consultation rooms outside the courtroom that shows a tin ceiling that was previously hidden underneath a drop ceiling.  

Ceiling above the Drop Ceiling in Conference Room of the Courthouse

The Common Pleas Courtroom remains empty at this point in the renovation. The paintings still remain gorgeous, but will be restored as a part of the renovation. The Commissioners have hired John Canning Co. (Cheshire, CT) for historic restoration of the courtroom.  

Common Pleas Courtroom during rennovation 11.28.18

The judges bench still sits proudly in the courtroom and will be renovated in place.  You can still see a little bit of the red carpet that lined the courtroom floor and entry stairs. 

Common Pleas Bench during rennovation 11.28.18

New flooring will be laid throughout the Courtroom, but it was interesting to see that underneath the previously laid carpet, the flooring was mosaic tiles that were similar to the flooring on the main floor. The tiles are darkened and covered with glue from carpeting.  

Mosaic Floor covered in Glue in Common Pleas Courtroom 11.28.18

This shows the mosaic tile flooring from the first floor hallway.  

Mosaic Floor on 1st Floor 11.28.18

Here is a photo of the Clerk of Courts Office.   

Common Pleas Court Office during rennovation 11.28.18

This west facing window serves as an exit and entry point for construction. It overlooks the west parking lot.  

Looking out back window 11.28.18

The next phase of construction is scheduled to include the following (through the week of December 3rd, 2018)

In the Basement:
  • Electrical Demolition
  • Masonry Wall Demolition
  • All Mechanical and Plumbing Demolition is Complete
  • The Concrete Ramp and Slab Demolition will being within the next 2 weeks
First Floor:
  • Masonry Demolition Mostly Complete
  • Electrical Demolition Continues
  • Mechanical and Plumbing Demolition is Complete
Second Floor:
  • Masonry Demolition and Attic Framing Opening is Complete
  • Plumbing and Mechanical Demolition is Complete
Scheduled for the week of December 10th, 2018

Third Floor and Attic
  • Duct and Air Unit Demolition Complete
  • New Duct Installation Started
  • Skylight Protected
We Need Your Help!  
We are looking for photos of the back (west side) of the Fulton County Courthouse prior to 1899. This would be before the addition was added on in 1900. Contact  me, Toni Schindler, at tschindler@fultoncountyoh.com or give me a call at 419-337-9699. Thank you!