Our office is working on two projects at the Baca County Courthouse, a small historic building in the county seat of Springfield, CO. The first project is a roof restoration funded by the Colorado State Historical Fund. The second project is a renovation and restoration of the Courthouse to accommodate the county’s Justice Center facilities and to provide a fully accessible and secure building.
The Courthouse was originally built in the 1920s and includes additions dating from 1935 through the 1970s. The original building is characterized by terra cotta brick work and cornice on the exterior, and mosaic tile and oak millwork on the interior. A WPA-funded jailhouse addition from 1935 is constructed of sandstone and concrete. The many additions resulted in varied floor heights, creating accessibility and security problems; as a result, only 60-70 percent of the building is currently utilized.
The renovation will reconcile the building’s various floor levels and provide clear and accessible circulation throughout, ensuring the fullest and most appropriate use of the facility. The building’s historic fabric will be preserved and restored.