Preservation of Decorative Elements
Statewide Historic and Cultural Grants. $5,250,000 the first year and $5,250,000 the second year are for history programs and projects operated or conducted by or through local, county, regional, or other historical or cultural organizations; or for activities to preserve significant historic and cultural resources.
The short-term metric was achieved by contracting with a qualified professional historical conservator.
The intermediate metric was achieved by the conservator's comprehensive investigation of the major interior spaces of the Grant County Courthouse including murals; painted and stenciled architectural surfaces; gilded and painted architectural elements; and plasterwork. The documented report, Comprehensive Investigation, Conservation Mock-ups & Proposed Conservation Treatment (attached) accomplishes this intermediate metric.
The long-term metric has been initiated with the County Board approval of the Comprehensive Investigation, Conservation Mock-ups & Proposed Conservation Treatment on August 6, 2013 of the Grant County Courthouse. Grant County has received $90,000.00 from the Jeffris Family Foundation to conserve and preserve the decorative elements of the Grant County Courthouse. Grant County has applied for funds from the Minnesota Historical Society for a Minnesota Historical & Cultural Heritage Grant to conserve and preserve the decorative elements of the Grant County Courthouse. The Grant County Board of Commissioners are very committed to utilizing the report in all future decisions regarding the conservation and preservation decorative elements of the Courthouse. Grant County believes that all of the evaluation metrics were achieved and will be continued to be achieved well into the future. Also, the long term goals will be accomplished with continuing consultation with the Minnesota Historical Society. Grant County believes that the successful achievement was due to the hiring of a qualified professional conservator.