Terry County renovates historic courthouse

BROWNFIELD, TX (KCBD) - For nearly two years, the Terry County courthouse has undergone a major overhaul. From floors to ceilings and everything in between, the decades-old building has been completely made over.

The changes are a throwback to the building's original appearance.

Located on the town square in Brownfield, the Terry County courthouse has a rich history, but for years it's also suffered from electrical problems, old plumbing, dated fixtures and old paint.

Terry County Judge Butch Wagner says the county decided to make some repairs - to the tune of $4 million.

"We had an old boiler system for heat and an old chiller for cooling and they were both so out of date that it just couldn't function well," Wagner said.

And the best part, that money was in the courthouse savings, which meant the remodel wouldn't cost taxpayers an extra dime.

A lot of changes were made, including a complete redo of the district courtroom - which Judge Wagner says he is most proud of.

"It had an old drop ceiling in it. We took that out and went back to the original plaster ceiling," Wagner said.

Back to the original...that was the game plan for many of the cosmetic changes done within the courthouse.

The ceilings were refurbished, and so were the doors, the pews and the floors.

"Pulled the old blue carpet up off of the floor and it had marble under it wall to wall," Wagner said.

But some changes were totally new. New electrical, new windows, new plumbing, new security and new technology.

"It's been a big project and we're awful proud of it," Wagner said.

Judge Wagner says the changes were a long time coming, and he's relieved to see it all finally done.

He says he's also proud that the changes didn't come at the cost of the building's character.

"The historical factor of keeping the old courthouse like it was originally, that was very important to us," Wagner said.

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