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$10M roof replacement begins at Allegheny County Courthouse

Theresa Clift
| Tuesday, Feb. 13, 2018, 10:45 a.m.
The Allegheny County Courthouse
Keith Hodan | Trib Total Media
The Allegheny County Courthouse

Replacement work for the Allegheny County Courthouse's 130-year-old roof has officially begun.

Pittsburgh-based Cuddy Roofing Co. is the lead contractor for the $10 million project, a county news release said.

The restoration's first phase, including masonry repointing of the building's three towers, is set to be finished by early spring, the release said. The second phase will include replacing the remaining roof.

The 450,000 original terra cotta roof tiles will be replaced using the same material by Ludowici Tile of New Lexington, Ohio. The tiles will be delivered only on weekends to minimize traffic impact, the release said.

The current roof was blackened by the region's industrial past.

Plywood, a waterproofing membrane, new copper gutters, downspouts and valleys, and modern lightning protection will also be installed, the release said.“We're improving and investing in this wonderful, historic, beautiful building for our residents,” County Executive Rich Fitzgerald said in the release.

“Whether it's kids coming in for the holiday choral season seeing the building for the first time, the wedding and receptions that are now being held in our courthouse, or whatever reason people may find themselves in the building, we want our residents to feel good about the building that they own.”

The courthouse was designed in 1883 by Boston architect Henry Hobson Richardson and built between 1884 and 1888, the release said.

Theresa Clift is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 412-380-5669, or via Twitter @tclift.

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