What’s to become of the marble that will soon be removed from the facade of the 47 year-old Cullman County Courthouse?

Several longtime Cullman residents interested in acquiring a piece of the soon-to-be-renovated landmark will be able to snag a marble fragment from among approximately 4,000 feet of the stripped material to be set aside once construction starts.

The marble will come off the courthouse as part of a $1.3 million project that when finished, will see the building clad in red brick. While the change will noticeably alter the visual aesthetic of the building’s exterior, the project has a more pragmatic purpose — to address a looming safety threat before the deteriorating marble facade begins to fall away from the three-story building.

The county commission awarded a construction bid on the project to Cullman-based Edison and Associates at its regular meeting Tuesday. Preliminary construction work could begin as early as January, if the commission can designate a staging area near the building by that time. During the slab removal phase, the courthouse will operate on a four day-per-week schedule to allow workers adequate time to safely strip the building.

‰ Benjamin Bullard can be reached by e-mail at bbullard@cullmantimes.com or by telephone at 734-2131 ext. 270.

‰ Look for the full story in the Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011, edition of The Cullman Times.

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