The burned remains of the Jefferson
County Courthouse in Madison
following a May 2009 fire which began
on the courthouse roof.
(Madison, Ind.) – After more than two years of repairs, the Jefferson County Courthouse has reopened.
All but the outer facade of the building was destroyed in May of 2009 when a welder's torch ignited part of the roof during renovations.
The courthouse dates back to the mid-1800s and had been damaged in a fire in 1859. The restored building looks much the same on the outside as it has for the past 100 years.
The Jefferson County commissioners held their regular meeting at the Courthouse on Friday for the first time since the massive blaze. Over the past couple weeks, employees have been moving records and furniture back into the courthouse from temporary offices off-site.
Commissioners announced plans for a rededication ceremony at the Courthouse on Friday, August 26 at 11:00 a.m.
A public open house and tours of the building will be held Saturday, August 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
In May of this year, Jefferson County Commissioners filed a lawsuit in Jefferson Circuit Court against the roofing companies working on the roof including Innovative Roofing Solutions Inc. of Sunman, Gutapfel Roofing of Batesville, and Teton Corp. of Madison.
Damages being sought are in excess of $7 million. The restoration cost $8 million according to the Madison Courier.