Progress Seen on Old Courthouse Renovation


Published on May 10 2012 10:18 am
Last Updated on July 14 2013 12:07 pm
Written by Greg Sapp

The Effingham County Cultural Center and Museum Association is beginning to see concrete progress on their renovation of the old County Courthouse downtown.

A volunteer crew removed the ceiling tile in the original second floor courtroom over the weekend, which revealed the large dome that formerly crowned the courtroom.  The project was one of several reclamation efforts that are focusing on the first floor of the historic building.

Association President Delaine Donaldson said the Board has set a goal of having the first floor open to the public on a limited basis by November 1.  Donaldson said in a memo to Association supporters that opening the first floor would provide the public an opportunity to see what the fully open museum would be like. 

On the first floor will be a room devoted to veterans, which Donaldson said would complement the memorial on the Courthouse lawn, as well as a media room where people could view DVDs and Powerpoint presentations created by the group, and two gallery rooms devoted to showing the role of transportation in Effingham County.

Expansion of the project to the second floor will proceed once a sprinkler system is in place.