On Monday, February 28, 2017, the Karr Tuckpointing Company from Vinton, Iowa, was in the first phase of tuck pointing the courthouse. Using high pressure hoses, they were cleaning out the old and crumbling mortar in preparations to repair the joints in the old masonry.
According to County Clerk Bree Shaw the job should be completed by Friday, March 7, which will leave the building in good shape.
The company, which was established in 1966, specializes in tuckpointing, but it also contracts for general masonry and stone work. (Photo courtesy of Ron Morgan)
Schuyler County was established February 14, 1845, with the first county seat in Tippecanoe, however later the same year the county seat was moved to Lancaster, where it has remained since. The current courthouse is the fifth for the county, replacing one built in 1895. The current courthouse was built beginning in 1960 and completed July 30, 1961. The courthouse was designed by architect Kenneth O. von Achen and Associates. The two-story, red brick, trimmed with white stone courthouse was built by contractors J. J. Watson and R. W. Warren of Kansas City for $254,351. In today’s dollars, the cost to build the courthouse would be approximately $2,073,931.