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Marion courthouse dome set for restoration

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver The Marion County Commission has received a $100,000 grant to repair leaks in the courthouse skylights and dome, and to fix the water damage on murals around the courthouse.

Times West Virginian photo by Tammy Shriver
The Marion County Commission has received a $100,000 grant to repair leaks in the courthouse skylights and dome, and to fix the water damage on murals around the courthouse.

FAIRMONT, W.Va. — When residents visit the Marion County Courthouse, they might notice the historical look of the building.

Thanks to a grant, that historical look won’t change.

Belinda Biafore, economic and community development grant coordinator for the county, said the county received a $100,000 grant through the Courthouse Facilities Improvement Authority (CFIA). The CFIA is a committee of several county officials throughout the state.

“The reason they were established was to maintain courthouses and keep some of the older courthouses up-to-date without taking away the cosmetic effect of the courthouses,” Biafore said. “They’re such beautiful buildings.”

The grant will be used to repair the dome, skylights and murals of the courthouse.

Biafore said one of the biggest problems is leaks.

“There is some leaking going on in the dome,” she said.

Biafore said it’s important to fix these leaks because when visitors look up in the third floor courtroom, water damage is noticeable on some of the murals.

“It’s just too beautiful of a courtroom to see it ruined by water damage,” she said…

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