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Montana Courthouse Dome and Roof System Nears Completion

Restoration of the copper dome and roof at the 115-year old courthouse is Cascade County, Montana is nearing completion, and residents are enjoying the beautiful new skyline as sunny weather returns.

As reported in the Great Falls Tribune, the project is expected to wrap up this April despite weather challenges over the last six weeks. The crew from Renaissance Roofing has been working on site for nearly two years, and is pleased to finally see the results of their craftsmanship. Project Manager Lon Gorsch said, “The guys are very proud of their work. They’re happy with how it’s turning out. The weather has been really rough… it was very difficult to work up there.”

The courthouse was built in 1903, and a 1913 article in the same Great Falls Tribune noted that “The Cascade County Courthouse has been the pride of the taxpayers and has caused much favorable comment from visitors.” Today, community leaders are happy that the historic structure will have a roofing system that will protect it for the next 85 to 100 years. Cascade County Commissioner Jane Weber said the project is coming in on time and within the original $4.3M budget.

Weber praised the Renaissance Roofing crew as respectful of the historic building. “They were very careful,” she said. “As they lifted balusters with a crane, they didn’t knick anything. They also recreated historic elements, such as interlocking panels designed to prevent water leakage. It is fabulous, and it’s good value in the long run,” Weber said.

Great Falls Tribune Photograph courtesy of Linda Bingemann.

 

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