It was last May that the old, bronze light went back up in the lobby area on the second floor of the Winnebago County Courthouse. It had been nearly two years since we re-acquired the old chandelier that was removed sometime in the 1970s. I spent several days working on that light to get it… Continue reading More Courthouse Lights
Read the history I discovered in the courthouse boiler room.
One of my many responsibilities at work includes tending the boiler and boiler equipment at the Winnebago County Courthouse. Our building is heated with steam boilers. The boilers are not nearly as old as our condensate pumps--which are original equipment to the building. We have a pair of Chicago Pump Company "Condo-Vac" condensation pumps. As… Continue reading “Condo-Vac” Pump Overhaul
It's been two years since the quest began to bring this original Winnebago County Courthouse light fixture back home. My former supervisor and friend Isaiah and I have a mutual appreciation for architecture and history. Our courthouse is a beautiful example of the Depression Moderne style from the 1930s. I was fortunate in that he… Continue reading The Courthouse Light Returns
If you have read some of my other blog posts, you can tell by now that I have a passion for the Winnebago County Courthouse. I work for the county maintenance department and it's one of the buildings that I regularly work in. My supervisor, a super-awesome guy that cares about historical preservation as much… Continue reading Courthouse Photo Album