New municipal court to be done this fall

Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick John Borchers of Ohio Valley Painting out of Dayton applies stain to wood trim pieces for the new Madison County municipal courthouse.
Messenger photo by Kristy Zurbrick
John Borchers of Ohio Valley Painting out of Dayton applies stain to wood trim pieces for the new Madison County municipal courthouse.

(Posted Aug. 28, 2014)

By Kristy Zurbrick, Madison Editor

The new Madison County municipal courthouse is approximately two months away from completion.

The one-story brick structure sits at the corner of Oak and Fourth streets in downtown London. Originally, the building was to open in April, but roofing, weather and ventilation issues caused delays.

With those issues resolved, work is moving forward. The exterior is essentially finished and features walls of handmade bricks and tall, arched windows. Inside, the drywall is installed and heating, cooling and ventilation are up and running. Temperature control has allowed the start of what is a massive amount of wood trim work.

“To give you an idea, they used 192 sheets of plywood just to do the blocking that they’ll attach the wood trim to,” said Madison County Commissioner Mark Forrest.

Oak baseboards, wainscoting, window casements, mantels and other trim pieces are stacked throughout the courthouse. All of it is being stained and finished by hand.

Other building features include arches in the main hallway to match the arched windows, bulletproof walls and windows for the clerks’ office, and a full basement. The exact use for the basement, other than for storage, has not yet been determined. One possibility is to rent part of it out as office space, Forrest said.

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