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Phase 2: Renovation of County Courthouse sees groundbreaking

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On Tuesday, Porter County officials held a ceremonial groundbreaking for repairs and renovation of the Courthouse in downtown Valparaiso.

Built in the 1830’s, the Courthouse stands on land that was first designated as a public square in the original land grant by the State of Indiana to Porter County, when the county was incorporated.

“Our Courthouse is the most iconic landmark in Porter County,” said Porter County Commissioner Jeff Good. “The work that we are doing now to restore, repair, renovate and preserve this historical treasure will assure that it will last for decades to come.”

Phase one of the project began earlier this summer, including the replacement of all windows, the cleaning and repair of the exterior masonry, and ornamentals.

Phase two of the project will encompass the redesign of the Courthouse grounds, adding secured parking for Judges, and renovation of interior common spaces including bathrooms. These renovations will also assure that building and courts are accessible to people with disabilities.

“The courthouse is an iconic symbol of government and public order. Many generations of Hoosiers and others, going back to the time of the Civil War, have tread the grounds of our courthouse,” said the Mary Harper, Judge of the Superior Court. “It is a wonderful commitment by the Porter County Commissioners and our County Council, together with the citizens of our community, to maintain this symbol of justice.”


Posted 9/21/2018




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