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Fund raising efforts to begin for restoring “Floyd” to Courthouse

This news story was published on April 9, 2012.
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by Matt Marquardt –

CHARLES CITY – The Floyd County Supervisors approved plans on March 27th to restore the word “Floyd” back on the courthouse.

The Supervisors, by a 3-0 vote, will start fund raising efforts right away and once funds are available, the project will proceed.

The Floyd County Sign Committee, established by the Floyd County Supervisors, led the effort for the restoration of the lettering to the courthouse. Their recommendation was “to utilize the existing bronze letters ‘COUNTY COURTHOUSE’ and restore the word ‘FLOYD’ in the original Art Deco font, above the bronze letters and below the roofline. ‘Floyd’ should be made with brushed stainless steel, cut and welded with a 4″ return to the building, recreating the bas relief sculptural look of the original stone.”

The estimated cost of the project is $8,960. There will be no taxpayer expenditures to fund this project, according to the committee. Funds are being sought from local citizens from across the county to privately fund the final plan the supervisors approve.

The committee met over approximately 7 and a half months, conducted research, interviewed the architects of the building, consulted experts in historic preservation, investigated possible restoration materials, researched possible grant sources, and established shared values to inform a decision.

The architects of the courthouse were Hansen & Waggoner. Today the firm is still in business under the name Waggoner & Wineinger. Ed Wineinger, was consulted during the committee’s review process, and the original architectural drawings were reviewed.

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