Renovation work began this week on the cupola atop the Yancey County Courthouse. The deteriorated wood work, metal dome and window panes in the cupola have allowed rain water to enter the courthouse, damaging the ceilings and walls in the courtroom and other offices. Workers use a large crane to hoist the materials to the top of the courthouse to refurbish the cupola which has been in place since its installation in 1965. The County has contracted with East Coast Steeple Service, a Taylorsville company specializing in repairs and restoration work to these types of structures.
County Manager Nathan Bennett stated, “This is a very important project to restore and preserve the integrity of the county courthouse building. The cupola is a unique architectural feature and we wanted to be sure that the repairs were made by a contractor with experience in this type of specialized work. We also wanted to be sure to maintain the functionality of the cupola while at the same time stopping water from entering the building.” Work is expected to be completed by early next week.