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Courthouse in Crown Point sustains wind damage

Updated: June 18, 2013 1:21PM



CROWN POINT ­— June12’s storms took a toll on the historic downtown Lake County Courthouse.

Marty Wheeler of the Lake Court House Foundation said the 100-mph winds blew out windows in the bell tower, damaged sections of the clay tile roof, uprooted signs and downed tree limbs.

From the street damage to the building was not as noticeable as that to the trees, whose branches still hung broken Saturday. Some of the tiles could be visibly seen missing, and a glass pane in the tower was noticeably broken, but the towering structure hid its wounds.

“The storm caused significant damage to the courthouse and the surrounding grounds,” Wheeler said. Repairs are estimated in the tens of thousands of dollars.

The foundation is appealing to the community for assistance repairing the damage to the “Grand Old Lady.”

“This is a historic building that receives no support except what we are able to get through donations from individuals and businesses throughout Lake County,” Wheeler said. “She has stood through many storms during her 135 years here but this one has certainly taken its toll.”

The Lake Court House Foundation Board has been working to raise funds for routine repairs and maintenance, and also to create an endowment to help when unexpected crises such as storms cause damage.

Donations may be sent by mail to the Lake Court house Foundation, Box 556, Crown Point, IN 46308 or online at www.lakecourthousefoundation.org/. More information is at 663-0660.



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