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September 25, 2018

Courthouse clock tower will get fresh coat of paint

Photos/Lawrence Emerson
Scaffolding Solutions Inc. workers Tuesday morning put the finishing touches on work platforms around the old courthouse clock tower.
I love historic buildings. When you can be part of this, it means something to the company.
— Scaffolding Solutions Superintendent David Herbert
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Staff Journalist
The old courthouse clock and bell tower in Warrenton soon will get a much-needed facelift.

When the weather permits, Warrenton-based Dyne Development will begin to prepare and repaint the beige-colored tower.

It will take about three weeks to complete the $48,700 project, according to the contractor.

A Dyne subcontractor, Richmond-based Scaffolding Solutions Inc. has erected six levels of steel and wood decks around the tower — accounting for about 40 percent of the project’s total cost.

The top level of scaffolding stands about 80 feet above Main Street, according to Construction Superintendent David Herbert.

His five-man crew installed a temporary stairway and five decks of scaffolding around the clock tower Friday. They returned Tuesday to add a sixth, at Dyne’s request, Mr. Hebert said.

Though the tower restoration represents a simple project, his company takes pride in working on landmark structures, the superintendent explained.

“I love historic buildings,” said Mr. Hebert, whose company has seven offices and employs about 165 people. “When you can be part of this, it means something to the company.”

The county’s first courthouse at Main and Ashby streets opened in 1795, according to information provided by the Fauquier History Museum at the Old Jail.

A new courthouse, including a bell tower, replaced it in 1819. But fire destroyed that structure 34 years later.

In 1854, a new courthouse, including a clock and bell tower, opened at the site.

But in 1889, that structure “burned down as a result of a fireworks display celebrating an election victory.”

A year later, workers completed the landmark structure that houses Fauquier County General District Court. The building underwent a major renovation in 1975.

Fauquier received six bids to repaint the clock and bell tower.

Dyne submitted the second lowest bid to paint the tower, after Tito Contractors Inc., which apparently passed on the project. Tito’s bid totaled $48,570 — just $130 less than Dyne’s.

Using a mobile hydraulic platform, a contractor last year repainted the rest of the courthouse exterior.

You may contact Don Del Rosso at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 540-270-0700.
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Leroy · September 25, 2018 at 4:58 pm
What a deal at 49K~ It would take twice that to get most people up there:)
Thanks to those who voted for the improvements to a real local landmark.
Good job Dyne~
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