Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Historic Courthouses

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This slide show is enhanced content for the Summer 2013 Forum Journal (Preservation in the City). To learn more about Preservation Leadership Forum and how you can become a member visit: http://www.preservationnation.org/forum

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Forum Journal (Summer 2013) Iconic Urban Buildings - Historic Courthouses

  1. 1. HistoricCourthousesEnhanced Content:Iconic Urban Buildings
  2. 2. As the public building most likely serving as thehub of downtown activity, courthouses are themost widely recognized, utilized, and valuedassets in a community. And yet these iconicstructures face a variety of challenges:• Shrinking government budgets haveled to a lack of facility maintenanceand deteriorated conditions• Energy and accessibility upgrades ofsuch large-scale and open spaces canbe complicated and expensive – orare assumed to be• Low-scale buildings occupy valuablereal estate space surrounded byskyscrapers• Changing space needs and layoutsare required for 21st century uses andtechnologyThe Bexar County Courthouse in San Antonio, Tex., (1892-1896) isundergoing exterior restoration and remediation of water damagecaused by rising groundwater levels. Read the full story here.Photos:PreservationNationChallenges
  3. 3. Left: The Old County Courthouse in Dayton, Ohio, (1847-1850) was rehabilitated and restored foruse as a public event space in 2003 - 2005. Read the full story here. Photo: Derek JensenRight: The former federal courthouse and post office in Las Vegas, Nev., (1935) was rehabilitated asthe National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, aka the Mob Museum, in 2007-2011. Read the full story here and here. Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas Museum of OrganizedCrime and Law EnforcementCase Studies
  4. 4. Texas Courthouses onSavingPlaces.org, National Trustfor Historic Preservation’s websitedevoted to National Treasuresprojects.Federal Judicial Center’s HistoricFederal Courthouse database, withphotos of historic federalcourthouses throughout the U.S..The Harris County Courthouse in Houston, Tex., (1911) wasrenovated 2011. Read the full story here. Photo:PreservationNationAdditional Resources

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