Bayfield County Courthouse Brownstone Restoration
Bayfield County Courthouse Brownstone Restoration:
The Bayfield County Courthouse Exterior Restoration project is nearing an end. Bayfield County received partial funding for the restoration project through the US Park Service, Save America’s Treasures program. The project included replacement of 12 cornice stone sections and multiple smooth faced wall stones at various locations around the building. Replacement of the lower sections of three of the front four columns was performed, and new facing stone was installed on the entry stair wing walls.
All of the mortar joints were cut and tuckpointed using historically appropriate raised beaded mortar joints with mortar tinted to match that used during the original construction of the building.
Additional project work included replacement of the entry stairs and landing with new concrete colored to complement the surrounding stone. A waterproof membrane flashing system and sheet metal cap was installed on top of the large cornice around the perimeter of the historic courthouse to reduce the possibility of water infiltration.
The prime contractor is Building Restoration Corporation of Roseville, MN. According to Project Manager John Felton, “It is especially significant that the replacement stone pieces used in the restoration work were carved from genuine brownstone that matches the color and character of the original building stone. The Bayfield County Courthouse truly is one of America’s Treasures, and our company is proud to have been a part of this important chapter in the building’s history.”
Arnie Mackey Construction, Inc. performed the concrete work including foundation, stairs, landings and sidewalks. Steve Schrafnagel is the project architect with assistance by Amber Ericksen of C&S Design & Engineering, Inc. of Ashland.