Spotsylvania Courthouse

The old Spotsylvania courthouse, built in 1900, will receive some repairs and mechanical upgrades.

Spotsylvania County will spend a little more than $1 million to do repair work on the old courthouse and to demolish the adjoining former sheriff’s office.

The courthouse was built in 1900 to replace the original building, which opened in 1840 but sustained heavy damage in fighting during the Civil War.

The historic cream-brick structure, with the original building’s Doric columns, stands in the county’s courthouse square area. The General District and Circuit courthouses stand nearby, as does the new sheriff’s office.

County spokeswoman Michelle McGinnis said the courthouse is used as an overflow for the courts, tourism events like the Stars & Stripes Spectacular and other events such as swearing-in ceremonies for newly elected Board of Supervisors and School Board members.

According to a county staff report, the mechanical system in each building “is failing.”

The Board of Supervisors last week approved the courthouse work and demolition of the former sheriff’s office, which was vacated in 2011 after the new sheriff’s office opened.

The courthouse work will involve “cleaning, repairing, replacing existing face brick in the area of the demolished stair and corridor connection between the two buildings,” along with restoring the roof, electrical and HVAC systems, according to the contract.

The work also will include the removal of toxic substances and asbestos abatement.

Richmond-area based R.J. Smith Construction will perform the work on the buildings.

A date for the work has not been announced.

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