BURGAW – The Pender County Board of Commissioners will host an open house of the restored and renovated Pender County Courthouse. The open house is slated for Aug. 6, from 3-5 p.m. At 4 p.m. the commissioners and dignitaries will conduct a brief dedication and installation of a new plaque to celebrate the occasion.
Damaged during Hurricane Florence, the county used the construction period to make the building more resilient.
“Our goal in this construction project is to make this historic building more resilient and preserve it for future generations,” said Allen Vann, Assistant County Manager who oversaw the courthouse project.
The scope of the project included repairing storm damage as well as renovate and relocate new mechanical and electrical systems. The courthouse also required lead and asbestos abatement, ADA improvements, and repair and replacement of plaster work, as well as custom woodworking, a new elevator shaft, and new courthouse seating.
Exterior work included brick repointing as well as replacement, sealing, and painting of weathered wood around the windows, doors, and roofline. Vann added that these measures protect the building from rainwater and moisture.
“A generator has been added that will power up the entire building, including the HVAC system,” said Vann. “Mechanical and electrical equipment were relocated to the main floor from the basement.”
“The courthouse was built in 1938 and has served Pender County for decades,” said George Brown, Chairman of the Board of County Commissions. “We look forward to hosting an open house on Aug. 6, from 3-5 p.m.”
The Pender County Courthouse, built in a Georgian Revival architectural style, features, handsome interior features of raised paneled wainscots and broken pedimented overdoors, as documented by the National Register of Historic Places.
“The public is welcomed to this much anticipated open house,” said Brown.
The Pender County Courthouse is located at 100 S. Wright St. in Historic Downtown Burgaw.