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Open house set for Carnegie Building

An open house has been scheduled for the Carnegie Building, at 120 East Sandusky Avenue, Bellefontaine, Thursday.

The open house will be conducted from 4-6 pm.

The Carnegie Building was selected to house most of the courthouse offices (pictured right) following the damage of the June 29th storm to the courthouse tower.

The Carnegie Building is being used while the courthouse tower is being rebuilt.

The county’s insurance company, County Risk Sharing Authority (CORSA), reimbursed the county for most of the costs to make the Carnegie Building suitable for the court and clerk of court functions.

The improvements included bringing the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems up to current commercial building code.

The renovation also restored the building’s original plaster ceilings and stained glass windows (pictured left).

Commissioner Dustin Wickersham said, “We wanted everyone to have an opportunity to see the restoration of the Carnegie Building. It is a great example of how something bad like the June storm can produce something good, like this restoration.”

Commissioner Tony Core added, “Those that remember the Carnegie Library in its hey day will be impressed to see the ceilings and windows that haven’t been seen in nearly 40 years.”

The original Bellefontaine Carnegie Library was built in 1905 with a $14,000 grant from the Carnegie Corporation, along with local funds. In 1977, the east wing was added to the building. In 1994, the county took ownership of the building when the Logan County District Library built the Knowlton Library at 220 N. Main Street.

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