The Kentucky Heritage Council recently awarded more than $150,000 in tax credits to the Owen County Fiscal Court for repairs to the historic courthouse located at 100 N. Thomas St.
The work began in 2018 and included roof repairs, installation of new windows, new heating and air system, installation of high-efficiency lighting, and restoration of the stone retaining wall surrounding the perimeter of the courthouse grounds.
Repairs and upgrades were also made to the Owen County Clerk’s Office, Owen County EMS station, the county road barn, and the former adult education building.
In addition to the historical tax credits, the Kentucky Department of Local Government compiled the county’s energy bills for three years, putting together an Energy Savings Performance Program. The two combined helped pay for more than half of the $1.4 million project.
“The Energy Savings Performance Program and the historical tax credits allowed us to address the neglect our building had faced for many years,” Owen County Judge/Executive Casey Ellis said. “From the restoration of the original stone retaining wall to a new roof, the building was repaired and upgraded to secure its functionality for the next 50 years.”
Added to the National Registry of Historic Places in 1976, the Owen County Courthouse remains the community’s most well-recognized landmark. Built in 1857-58 and remodeled in 1875, the courthouse now serves as office space for the Owen County Judge/Executive, Attorney, Property Valuation Administrator, Jailer, and Emergency Management.