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Rebuilding History

Crane Takes Center Stage in Historic Restoration
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Olivia McSpadden
A crane hovers over the Courthouse in preparation for repairs.

On August 7, a violent storm swept through Paoli. During this storm, there were five tornadoes that circled Orange County, causing devastating damage all over the county, including to the Orange County Courthouse. Of the damage suffered, a majority was done to the cupola, which sits atop the courthouse and houses the large electric clock inside.

The damage was significant enough to warrant an entire removal and re-installation of the cupola and clock. The courthouse has been a staple of Paoli’s history, as its initial construction began in 1847, and took three years to complete. The clock and cupola were added six years later in 1856, and cemented the building as an icon of Paoli. Also throughout the courthouse’s history, it has had some other repairs made, with the most recent, excluding the ongoing project, being about six years ago in 2018.

The project to restore the courthouse this past fall officially began on October 23, with the addition of a crane to help with the removal of the cupola. As of now, the cupola has been removed, and has been taken to Indianapolis to be repaired. The outer shell of the cupola will also be getting new copper sheeting, in order to give it a fresher look.

The clock and bell are currently in Ohio, at the Verdin Company, which specializes in repairing historic clocks. Once the cupola, clock and bell are all
refurbished, they will be taken back to Paoli, where the reconstruction process will begin, including a new foundation to support the tower. After the re-installation of the cupola, the roof will also be seeing some changes with the installation of a new copper roof and reinforced chimneys.

The cost of the project is expected to be approximately $1.5 million, and that money will be coming from the county’s insurance, along with Paoli’s
deductible of $2,500. The construction contract is active until June 1, 2024, so it is to be expected that the project will be finished around that time.

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My name is Brian Fullington. I enjoy golf, tennis, and working for my evil overlord Mrs. Nichols.
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Olivia McSpadden, Chief Photographer, Facebook Editor
Hi, I'm Olivia McSpadden! This past year I was the photo editor for the yearbook and one of the main sports photographers. This year I'm the Chief Photographer and the Facebook Editor. With the Chief Photographer position, I have a heavy hand in the selection of pictures in the Hillcrest Yearbook, Paolite Newspaper, and all of our social media accounts. In addition to this I'm also over the gallerists of Paoli Media, so every time someone takes an event they make a gallery and captions, and then I post it on Facebook for the public to see!
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