Second Phase Of Courthouse Restoration Project Underway
WILKES-BARRE — Phase two of the Luzerne County courthouse restoration project is less elaborate than phase one, which included a virtual city of scaffolding as workers scrubbed a century’s worth of dust, grime and smoke from the courthouse dome.
This time, the work is up close and personal.
Crews from EverGreene Architectural Arts have been at the courthouse since February. They are cleaning floors, marble, paintings and murals in preparation for the restoration of the artwork, much of which dates from 1909, when the courthouse opened.
Rick Wagner, a superintendent on the project, carefully cleaned a section of mosaic tiles on the walls of a hallway on the first floor of the courthouse last week. He stood on a platform raised by a hydraulic lift, hoisting him within inches of the work area.