Blaine County feels strongly about preserving its historical heritage. One of the prominent historical buildings is its own Blaine County Courthouse. Built in 1883, the building is in need of structural repair to the roof. Damaged by heavy ice dams and sliding snow, the roof was in bad shape.
Trout Architects and their consultants were hired to reinforce the existing roof structure. A new metal roof that mimics the original metal roof will finish the work. All historic fascia and trim were carefully replicated. The new construction will solve the issue of the ice damming and sliding snow so that the past problems will remain in the past.
A sophisticated heat mat roof system will keep the amount of snow collecting on the roof limited by melting the snow, eliminating the chance of ice damns breaking off and falling to the ground below. The structural upgrade will include seismic stabilization of the tall, un-reinforced brick walls by tying them to the newly reinforced structural roofing system.
In order to gain access to the structure needing the upgrades, a meticulous deconstruction of the historic trim and fascia was conducted, and then carefully replaced with exact replicas once the upgrades are completed. This will insure the survival of the historic aesthetics of the original 1883 construction.
Design Team: Steve Trout, Shaun Weston, Neil King