Licking County Courthouse - West Courtroom Restoration
Newark, OH
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Rogers Krajnak Architects was commissioned to complete a study for the restoration of the West Courtroom in the historic Licking County Courthouse which was originally constructed in 1876. The original beauty of the room has been obscured by over a century of dirt and grime building up on the interior of the ornate courtroom.

RKA lead a team of specialists including Conrad Schmitt Studios in analyzing the existing conditions, and determining the process and cost estimate for cleaning, conserving or restoring the murals, bas reliefs, busts, plaster ornamentation, faux finishes and stained glass.

Various areas of the murals were painstakingly cleaned to reveal the original colors and detail of the painted figures. Through a process of careful exposure windows and core samples, the team discovered that the original finishes of the room included warmer colors, glazing and gold detailing. These images show exposures of original finishes and a rendering of the proposed restored courtroom.