Projects Architecture

Orange County Courthouse

Orange County, Indiana

Dedicated in 1850, the Greek Revival style Orange County Courthouse is the second oldest continually operated courthouse in Indiana and is listed in the National Register. DLZ provided design and engineering services in two phases.

In Phase 1, DLZ designed an addition of an elevator that was needed in order to provide improved vertical universal accessibility to all three floor levels. DLZ worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure that the historic architecture was preserved.

In Phase 2, DLZ completed a more extensive renovation which included new mechanical systems, sprinkler system, structural remedial repairs, new copper roof, window replacement, restoration of the exterior cast iron stair, stripping of exterior paint/repaint, restoration of an original metal tin ceiling, extensive plaster replacement, and new finishes throughout. DLZ worked with the State Historic Preservation Office to ensure that the historic architecture was preserved.

The existing windows were not original to the building and were a two-over-two divided lite arrangement. The earliest photograph of the Orange County Courthouse is believed to date to 1875 and reveals that the earlier, and presumably original, windows were a twelve-over-twelve divided lite arrangement.

Since the existing windows and frames were wood with non-insulated glass and were in very poor condition with significant wood rot/decay allowing water infiltration into the exterior wall, it was determined that the existing windows and frames were not salvageable.

New Andersen – Eagle Series aluminum clad wood windows with insulated glass, in a more historically accurate twelve-over-twelve divided lite arrangement, were installed.  The new window profile and detail were carefully considered to ensure that the new windows matched the intent of preserving the historical accuracy and integrity of the Orange County Courthouse.

The window replacement provides a weather tight, energy efficient, and virtually maintenance free solution while providing a quieter, more productive, and enjoyable work environment.