The Georgia Trust

2011 PLACES IN PERIL: BERRIEN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The Story: A local landmark protected by a local preservation ordinance, the courthouse was built in 1898 and designed by W. Chamberlin and Company in Knoxville, Tennessee. The building incorporated steel and reinforced concrete; its fireproof structure has survived several fires with no significant damage. Marked by a prominent bell tower still ringing on the hour, the building currently serves as office space for the Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Development Authority/Better Hometown Office, and Berrien County Historical Foundation.

The Threat: The Berrien County Courthouse is no longer used as a courthouse facility and receives inadequate funding for needed maintenance. The building suffers from a leaking roof, termite damage and failing plaster. The accrual of this neglect is causing significant damages to the structure.

 

 

 

 

 

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