The renovation project on the second and third floor of the Copiah County Courthouse is progressing smoothly, according to the contractors, Huntington Lumber Company, Inc.
The appearance of the courtroom will change dramatically, as the old paint has been stripped away to reveal the natural wood beneath, returning portions of the structure back to its original decor.
A hole has been cut in the third floor, as shown below, which will eventually open up the view into the dome all the way from the ground floor, restoring the courthouse closer to its original construction.
The renovations are on schedule with no major problems encountered so far, just a few minor things that are typical of work on such an historic structure, contractor David Huntington reports. The project is scheduled to be substantially complete July 1.
Most of subcontractors and employees working on the project live in Copiah County, Huntington noted, “a fact of which I am very proud,” he added.
The Department of Archives and History has been involved with the project from the beginning, working with architect Carl Nobles on the details of the project to preserve the historic integrity of the 1902 structure.