- Associated Press - Thursday, February 18, 2016

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) - Woodbury County officials are trying to find someone to repair more than 90 glass light globes that lend their distinctive character to the nearly 100-year-old courthouse.

County building services director Kenny Schmitz said the globes have deteriorated over the years, and only three are not showing cracks.

“They have gotten very brittle,” Schmitz told the Sioux City Journal (https://bit.ly/1Wtyhmz ). “Most of them have fissure cracks in them. Some of them, the bottoms have completely broken out.”

Schmitz is having trouble finding a firm that’s up to the challenge of what he estimates is an $80,000 project. A St. Louis business wasn’t able to do the work, and Schmitz said if he strikes out with a Chicago company, he’ll need to broaden his search.

Leesa McNeil, court administrator for Iowa’s 3rd Judicial District, said the globes are part of the courthouse’s historic character that draws visitors to the building.

“There is so much that is distinctive and unique in our courthouse,” McNeil said.

The county supervisors want the globes restored for the courthouse’s 2018 centennial.

Construction of the courthouse, designed by well-known architect William Steele, began in 1916 and was completed in 1918 at a cost of $850,000. The building was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973, and designated a National Historic Landmark in 1996.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, https://www.siouxcityjournal.com


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