A.B. Graham reopens after $2.3M in renovations, but not to the public

The grand staircase in the newly renovated A.B. Graham Building with a new elevator. BILL LACKEY/STAFF
The grand staircase in the newly renovated A.B. Graham Building with a new elevator. BILL LACKEY/STAFF

Credit: Bill Lackey

Credit: Bill Lackey

The A.B. Graham Building in downtown Springfield is scheduled to reopen Monday after a $2.5 million interior renovation project, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the public might have to wait a little longer before they can visit.

Four Clark County offices moved into the building located at 31 N. Limestone St. last week. However, due to a surge in COVID-19 cases, the building will be closed to the public until further notice.

“The Clark County Auditor, Recorder, Tax Map and Treasurer’s Office will be open on an appointment-only basis beginning Monday; however, elected officials are encouraging residents to do business through online services,” a statement from Clark County said.

Reconstruction on the building started in September of 2019.

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The renovations at the A.B. Graham Building, originally constructed in 1901 and named after the founder of 4-H, include modernized electrical wiring, heating and air conditioning, fire suppression, plumbing and a new elevator to make the building handicap accessible.

Prior to the renovation, some offices inside the over 100-year-old building were unheated.

Although much of the transformation involved ripping out a majority of the aging interior and re-configuring office spaces, several of the iconic architectural details were saved, including the brass staircase, the marble walls and stairs, the woodworking and several of the county office doors.

Springfield-based Kapp Construction served as the contractor on the project and Dayton-based Oregon Group served as architect.

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