, a restoration specialist with Architexas, worked with the Denton county Historical Commission to develop the plan.He
made a detailed evaluation of the building and submitted a report to the executive committee, along with recommendations for repairs.Mr. Firsching
reported that the sandstone on the courthouse is deteriorating, and large pieces are falling from the exterior walls of the building.The material used to restore the sandstone in 1986 actually caused most of the deterioration, Mr. Firsching
said some of the stones need to be replaced, but many of them can be repaired and stabilized.He
also recommended removing the tinted concrete that coats the stones.The stone restoration will be the most expensive part of the restoration process, Mr. Firsching
The windows used in the renovation of the courthouse in 1986 are of poor quality, which causes water seepage into the building, he
said.The water soaks into the walls, causing flaking plaster and paint.
The problem is most severe in some of the upstairs offices and the balcony of the commissioners courtroom.The windows in the pavilion are rotten and falling apart, the report said.Mr. Firsching recommends replacing all windows.
Flooding in the basement is caused primarily by the landscaping, Mr. Firsching
reported, and also because the original French drain was not replaced during renovations.Water collects in the flowerbeds and seeps through the ground and from there into the walls of the basement.He
recommends getting rid of the plants around the courthouse, along with the underground sprinkler system, and adding a French drain to drain excess rainwater away from the building.
Although the terrazzo tile floor is in good condition, the report recommends replacing it with mosaic tile to restore the original look of the courthouse.
The master plan also suggests repairing the clock, which has been repaired in the past but hasn't worked in about a year.It also recommends using the entire basement for storage space for the museum archives.The basement is now used for the the mailroom and print room.
said the county has a good chance of getting all of the plan funded because Denton is a strong preservation community and the courthouse has all its historical designations already in place.The fact that Denton is a Main Street town will also help the county to get its application approved.