Historic restorations underway at Wheeling Courthouse
The exterior lighting at the historic Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse in Wheeling, West Virginia, is being restored. This project was funded via the BA64 Historic Building Fund. This fund, part of the Federal Buildings Fund, allows GSA to fund preservation projects that ordinarily would not get funded through other budget sources.
The lampstands at the original main Courthouse entrance on Chapline Street were installed during construction and in place when the building opened in 1907 (at right, original building picture from May 1907). After over a century adorning the Courthouse entrance, the lampstands were in need of restoration.
The lampstands were refurbished by St. Louis Antique Lighting Company in St. Louis, MO. A local contractor, M.C. Dodd Construction, LLC, handled removal and reinstallation of the restored lampstands. Restoration included repair or replacement of broken, missing, or damaged parts; refinishing; new globes and new electrical wiring inside the lampstands for LED fixtures. Replacement parts match the original in strength and appearance, including degree of detail.
On September 21, 2020, the lampstands returned to Wheeling and were reinstalled at the Courthouse, extending these historic building elements for another century (photo at right: reinstalled lampstands adjacent to the Courthouse entrance).
GSA is also replacing modern sconces at the 12th Street entrance with replicas of the original sconces based on historical designs. The contractor working on the replicas is tasked with matching the original 1907 sconces in strength of material and appearance, including degree of detail, using their knowledge of historic construction methods and design of these types of fixtures during the period they were made. (Photo at right: newly reinstalled lampstands illuminated at night).
The replica sconces are in progress.
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