Former federal courthouse renovated into loft apartments

Former federal courthouse renovated into loft apartments
An outside view shows the unmarked view of the new Courthouse Lofts (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
New light fixtures are on display in the rooms of one of the lofts in the Courthouse Lofts (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
New light fixtures are on display in the rooms of one of the lofts in the Courthouse Lofts (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
A newly designed kitchen sits inside a loft in the Courthouse Lofts, located in downtown Lubbock (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)
A newly designed kitchen sits inside a loft in the Courthouse Lofts, located in downtown Lubbock (Source: Caleb Holder, KCBD)

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - The Old Federal Building in downtown Lubbock has received a facelift and is open to anyone who wants to live in it.

Renovated by WestMark Leasing over the past couple of years, the building used to be a courthouse and a post office that was originally built in the 1930s. It was not until about 20 years ago that the building was used as a federal building and not it is named the Courthouse Lofts.

The building, located at 800 Broadway St., is also categorized as a historic structure by the Lubbock Heritage Society, which means changes made to the face of the building have to be minimal, Justin Backus, WestMark realtor, said. It was because of that there was a lot of planning on how to make the building into something that could house people.

There were also numerous other detailed restoration projects the realtors had to take ton before they could present it to the public.

"It's taken a couple of years to get it right, but we're really excited to have a final product that we could roll out and show people," Backus said. "We're very limited on what we can change to this building since it is a historic landmark and it is a historic renovation, so there's no signage on the building and we're very much preserving the way it originally looked."

Many of the windows, doors and floors are still original to the building as well. Units range from one to four bedrooms with prices from around $900 to around $3,400 a month.

At the moment there are only two out of the 23 units that are available to rent.

"We got to put up new walls and obviously insert some kitchens and bathrooms, but everything that could remain the same did; the floors, a lot of woodwork and casings, the windows,' Backus said. "Really, we just put up some material walls and brought some plumbing and electrical to make them livable."

More information about the building as well as leasing information can be found on the WestMark website.

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