On Wednesday, March 19, 2014, the Gunnison County Board of County Commissioners made the decision to demolish the original courthouse structure that was built in 1881. This decision came after a partial collapse and the determination that further efforts to save the building would create safety concerns for the workers on-site. "It was with heavy hearts that we made the decision yesterday to take down the original 1881 courthouse structure. As commissioners, our two primary responsibilities are public health and safety, and fiscal responsibility. To continue in our restoration efforts of the building at this point would be both fiscally irresponsible and greatly risk the safety of many people. We are planning on using materials from the original building to recreate a structure that will be safe, sound and secure."
See the press release for more information. March 20,
Site work has been completed and construction has begun on the southern wing of the reconstructed courthouse, which will house the county administrative offices (County Manager, Finance, Human Resources), the County Attorney and Juvenile Services. Below you can view the time lapse video captured from April 5 through May 31, 2014.
The new Courthouse with the architectural replica of the former west wall rises in the center of the time lapse of June 1 through July 31,
The final form of the new courthouse can be seen in the below time lapse from August 1 through September 30, 2014. In early September, the trusses from the original structure were placed.
Exterior finishes can be seen being placed in this