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Dawson County is Restoring and Preserving Its Historic Courthouse

Dawson County has begun the process of preserving and restoring its Historic Courthouse.  The Dawson County Historic Courthouse was built in 1858 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980. Today, 158 years after it first opened, the courthouse exterior is due some much needed attention. The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is committed to preserving the rich history of the historic courthouse, and in doing so, has contracted with companies that specialize in historic building preservation.

The courthouse windows are fully deteriorated and unrepairable, and therefore will need to be replaced. Architectural Visions, Inc., specializing in custom-made windows, will replace 36 windows. Additionally, the exterior is in need of sealing and painting. Metro Water Proofing, Inc. will use a silicone elastomeric coating to seal the exterior, followed by paint. This unique process will help preserve the life of the building.

The total estimated cost for this project is $150,000 and will be fully paid by a portion of the remaining SPLOST V funds. Work is scheduled to be completed by July 2016.

The Dawson County Historic Courthouse is believed to be the oldest working courthouse in Georgia. The Dawson County Board of Commissioners is proud of the past that it represents and its legacy to future generations.


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