By Sarah Richardson
One of Lewisburg’s most prominent historical buildings, City Hall, will be receiving an updated appearance in the near future. Under direction from the Mills Architectural and Preservation Group, a new facade for the front of the massive building has been pitched to the Lewisburg Historical Society and City Council, and has passed both quorums unanimously.
These changes to the building are not just for appearances’ sake, as vital brick repointing will be completed on nearly every wall. Repointing is the process of renewing the pointing, part of the exterior mortar joints, to undo weathering and decay. Such damage causes gaps in the joints, and can start to allow leaks and other exposure to the elements. With old bricks, it is vital to perform this maintenance to protect the longevity of the structure.
“There is a lot of much-needed attention to be done to the building,” said City Manager Misty Hill. “We hope these updates will encourage further historical restoration in the city.”
Since 1897, City Hall has undergone a variety of updates and restoration projects, including the addition of public restrooms against the outer wall toward the Green Space. As Lewisburg continues to grow, it’s essential to update public facilities to keep with the times.
While not too many major changes will be installed, a notable and dramatic three-dimensional city seal will be affixed to the building, complete with a lighted lantern within the motif. Other lighting will be placed along the front, including in the archway at the top of the structure. A new informational board for city notices will be placed where the public can easily update themselves on city dealings, as the current board is exposed to the elements and is in a state of disrepair. A new community board will be placed near the piano, under the awning and out of the weather, with local information such as restroom locations, parking areas, and more.
The most noticeable and dramatic update, however, will surely be the new overall color of the entire structure, which will go from an off-yellow with gold entryways to a soft white with dark red entryways.
“I can’t wait to see the finished product,” said Lewisburg Mayor Beverly White. “I think this is a very important building to preserve.”
The beloved city hall clock will remain, as will the two businesses that currently occupy one end of the building, J.L. Massie Insurance and Cybele Boutique.
The project is currently preparing to go out to bid. More updates will be available as work progresses.