Gage County Courthouse

Beatrice, NE

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Gage County Courthouse

The historic Gage County Courthouse is an exceptional example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. It’s also an exceptional example of efficiency and preservation.

Architect:
Gunn & Curtis

Location

Beatrice, NE

Build Date

1890-1892

Project Date

2008-2011

Architectural Style

Richardsonian Romanesque

Additional Info

Built from 1890-1892, the Gage County Courthouse is an exceptional example of Richardsonian Romanesque architecture. In 2005, Berggren Architects began a Master Plan, formalizing a strategy for the continued use of the Courthouse, by interviewing the building occupants and analyzing their spatial needs. In 2008, the Master Plan was put into effect as the first series of projects from the Master Plan began.

Construction began with the replacement of the deteriorated roof with historically accurate green slate shingles. Soon to follow was the installation of an energy-efficient ground source heat pump system. New electrical, data and communications, and security systems, as well a fire sprinkler and alarm system were incorporated into the existing infrastructure. Light quality in the building was improved with not only new historically sensitive lighting fixture, but also with new thermal glazed windows. A new elevator eased the accessibility of the upper floors. Both the County and District Court Rooms were restored to their original state when the drop ceilings were removed to reveal original oak coffered ceilings. Various woodworking had to be done throughout the courtrooms to recreate the historical look.

Gage County Courthouse