State funds $182,000 facelift
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MOUNT PULASKI -- Gov.
Rod R. Blagojevich released $182,000 in state funds Thursday to
rehabilitate the Mount
Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, an
1847 structure that is one of two remaining 8th Judicial Circuit
courthouses where Abraham Lincoln practiced law.
The $182,000 is the unspent balance
remaining from a fiscal 2002 appropriation of $240,000. The Mount
Pulaski Courthouse rehabilitation was among many state construction
projects that were on hold pending review by the governor.
"It's much more cost-effective to
rehabilitate a historic building before problems become too severe,"
said Gov. Blagojevich. "There are only a limited number of original
Abraham Lincoln sites remaining, so it's important that we take care
of those treasures we have."
The Mount Pulaski Courthouse project
will restore the 3,000-square-foot building to its original
condition. It will require the removal of multiple layers of paint
from the exterior walls; brick replacement and re-pointing;
restoration of the interior plaster walls, windows and doors; and
miscellaneous repairs to the metal roof and drainage systems.
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Pulaski Courthouse State Historic Site, administered by the
Historic Preservation Agency, is open Tuesday through Saturday from
noon to 4 p.m. for free public tours. It is located in the center of
the square in downtown Mount Pulaski.
[State news release]