Clark County to hold public tours of renovated A.B. Graham Wednesday

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 Board of Clark County Commissioners will host an open house on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the newly-renovated A.B. Graham Building.

Public tours will be held from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m at the building located at 31 N. Limestone St. in Springfield, according to a statement from the county.

“In order to maintain social distancing guidelines, officials will be providing tours in 15-minute increments during the open house,” the statement said. “We ask all participants to enter through the Columbia Street entrance. Masks will be required during the events.”

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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.

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.

Reconstruction of the building started in September of 2019 and offices reopened in late November 2020 but were not reopened to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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