Preservation

Fort Wayne courthouse's stained glass dome undergoes repairs

June 19, 2017
 Associated Press
After spending nearly a century adorning the apex of the courthouse ceiling, the stained-glass panels had begun to suffer from a phenomenon known as deflection. The condition results from gravity invisibly acting on the lead holding the glass in place.
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Courthouse repairs will avoid hurting Indiana tower's tree

April 7, 2017
 Associated Press
Southeastern Indiana officials say structural repairs planned for a courthouse clock tower will be made with care to avoid damaging the iconic tree growing from its roof.
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Indianapolis federal courthouse gets national award

November 15, 2016
IL Staff
The Birch Bayh Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse has received national recognition for a refurbishment project that ushered the infrastructure of the 100-year-old building into the 21st century while preserving the structure’s distinguished spirit.
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Officials weigh options for historic Hamilton County courthouse

March 18, 2016
Lindsey Erdody
Hamilton County officials have started discussing the future of their historic courthouse as plans progress to expand the newer judicial center across the street—and the ideas range from a co-working space to a voting center.
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Debate over historic Brown County courthouse continues

June 18, 2014
Dave Stafford
At one of the state’s most-visited tourist crossroads stands a courthouse at a crossroads of its own.
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Lawmakers advance bill to aid courthouse restoration, but money is missing

March 27, 2013
Dave Stafford
Nearly every county seat in Indiana could benefit from a bill promoting historic courthouse renovation and maintenance projects. Only problem is, when lawmakers passed the legislation through the Senate they stripped out the money for it.
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Lady Justice gets 'green' makeover

October 10, 2012
Marilyn Odendahl
The greening – literally – of the rooftop of the Indianapolis federal courthouse is part of a $66.8 million upgrade of the building with funds coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Work on the roof along with additional upgrades to increase the energy efficiency of the facility as well as to improve the public safety system began in December 2009 and was substantially complete on Aug. 27, 2012, according to the U.S. General Services Administration.
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Jefferson County celebrates reopening of courthouse

August 31, 2011
Jennifer Nelson
A fire in May 2009 displaced the courts and government offices. After more than two years, they were able to move back into the courthouse.
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Evansville Bar to collaborate with school for history video

October 21, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
As part of the Evansville Bar Association’s activities to commemorate its 100th anniversary, which will take place as part of their Law Day celebration in April 2011, the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation and the EBA announced today they will collaborate on a video of the last 100 years of the legal community in southwestern Indiana.
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Renovations under way at federal courthouse

July 7, 2010
Michael Hoskins
As attorneys and judges continue filing and litigating cases in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, a renovation project is underway and adding new life into the federal courthouse in downtown Indianapolis.
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Legal communities in Columbus and Madison deal with fires

February 17, 2010
Rebecca Berfanger
Major fires disrupted and displaced attorneys last year in two different cities in southern Indiana. While neither of the original structures are near completion, life is more or less back to normal in Madison and Columbus.
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Courthouse fire ruled accidental

June 8, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The fire at the Jefferson County Courthouse May 20 was started accidentally during the soldering of copper downspouts on the roof, officials announced at a press conference this morning.
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Jefferson courts granted emergency relief

May 22, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
The Indiana Supreme Court granted emergency relief Thursday to Jefferson County courts pursuant to Administrative Rule 17. Jefferson County trial courts and clerk filed the petition with the high court following a fire that severely damaged the courthouse in Madison.
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Fire closes courts at historic courthouse

May 21, 2009
Jennifer Nelson
A fire heavily damaged historic Jefferson County Courthouse Wednesday evening. Remodeling and restoration to the courthouse and cupola were completed yesterday and bunting made by women in the Indiana Department of Correction was scheduled to be hung Friday.
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Supreme Court seeks historic law-related photos

May 5, 2009
IL Staff
If you've come across an old photo relating to Indiana's legal profession, the Indiana Supreme Court would like to know.
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Courthouse commission members named

March 11, 2009
IL Staff
Gov. Mitch Daniels and Indiana Supreme Court Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard have selected the members of the Courthouse Preservation Advisory Commission. The commission will advise county officials on caring for Indiana's historic courthouses and provide recommendations on how they can be preserved.
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  3. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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