Rice County Courthouse

When Rice County moved most of its administrative offices into a new building, court and court-related functions remained in the historic, Art-Deco style courthouse. To receive the proper funding for the renovations, Rice County needed a historic structure report that established an understanding of the historic fabric of the building and what is valuable to preserve. The project preserves the exterior by replacing windows, washing the building, and refurbishing the roof and stone tuckpointing. On the interior, the design is a historic adaptation to update renovations from the 1970s while accommodating efficient, flexible office space for court administration and the county attorney. Refitted light fixtures, millwork detailing, and other details adapt to modernity through proper reinterpretation that matches the historic beauty of the courthouse.