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Clark County Courthouse

Location: Winchester, KY
Schedule: September 2017 – August 2018
Cost: $800,000
Type of Project: Restoration and Reinforcement
 Poage Engineers & Associates
Client: Clark County – Winchester, KY


The Courthouse in Clark County, built in 1853, still houses the Circuit Courtroom and Family Courtroom for the Administrative Office of the Courts. The original bell tower was installed in 1889. The structure was deteriorating due to rotted wood and structural issues that caused leaks in the courthouse when it rained. SSRG began restoring and reinforcing it in September of 2017, removing the tower in fall of 2017.

SSRG worked to carefully remove the existing historic bell and clock tower located atop the Courthouse. Work included removal of all four-clock faces to be preserved and then removing the tower timber and demolition of the existing tower, which weighed over 30,000 pounds and stood 165 feet in the air. New steel reinforcement structures and two new stair platforms were installed in the interior of the courthouse. Masonry walls, also in the interior, were repaired, tuck-pointed, removed, and then replaced. The exterior masonry was also tuck-pointed and then given a new coat of paint. SSRG then installed a new roof structure and cornice around the base of the tower.

The tower itself was assembled off-site. The new cupola is fabricated from a structural steel and aluminum angle inner framework, and clad in a heavy aluminum with a baked-on finish for years of maintenance-free service. A local supporter of the clock tower project anonymously donated the gold leaving on the dome. 

The cupola and section with four clock faces on the Courthouse were installed on Wednesday, August 15, 2018—a day earlier than scheduled. Another tough job, done well.

A frontal shot of the clark county courthouse
Clark County Courthouse Exterior
Clark County Courthouse clocktower
On roof of the clark county courthouse there is a building topper awaiting the rest of its pieces to be assembled.
Large, white, building topper for the clark county courthouse that was just recently finished.
A large clock being assembled by 5 workers for the clark county courthouse
A gold crown piece that is in the shape of an egg. It will sit atop of the clock tower at the Clark County Courthouse.
A brand new, large, white clocktower sits atop a long, red, flatbed trailer as it awaits to get unloaded and assembled and installed on the Clark County Courthouse
The white clocktower being lowered by crane onto the top of the Clark County Courthouse
The white clocktower with a gold top fully assembled and installed on top of the Clark County Courthouse.

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