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County sees through to end of window restoration project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Darci Tomky   
A final set of windows was put back in the Phillips County Courthouse last week, a welcome sight to county employees who worked with boarded up windows in shifts the past few months.

A grant from the History Colorado State Historical Fund provided Phillips County with $110,472 to restore the courthouse windows. County administrator Randy Schafer said they estimated the total project would cost $160,000, which also included some work on the courthouse chimney.

Because the 1930s courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the original windows must be preserved and restored instead of simply replaced with new ones.

Dan Hedrick, who works through contractor Wattle & Daub of Laramie, Wyo., has extensive experience restoring old structures, including many courthouses.

He and his two-man crew began work in Holyoke Aug. 18 and installed the last of the windows last week, Nov. 10-11.

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Dan Hedrick, who is in charge of the Phillips County Courthouse window preservation project, shows how the restored windows can open easily now. It was a unique project because the industrial style metal-cased windows weigh around 200 pounds each.  

—Enterprise photo

Holyoke Enterprise November 20, 2014