An anonymous donor has picked up the tab for new lighting inside the restored Luzerne County Courthouse dome, county Manager C. David Pedri announced Friday.
“Luzerne County’s community spirit never ceases to amaze me” Pedri wrote in a release. “That spirit, as shown through the generosity of this donor, will benefit the citizens of the county for years to come.”
The $16,500 donation was made through The Luzerne Foundation, a charitable organization.
The county added new LED lighting to the restoration project while it was underway after discovering the existing lighting had been largely inoperable since the early 1980s. Pedri wanted to address the lighting while scaffolding was in place.
County Engineer William McIntosh, who has a background in electrical engineering, has said he designed an LED lighting system that will illuminate the dome for 20 to 30 years without harming the finishes.
Only six of the 60 dome lights had been working, which left the dome with a dark appearance, he has said.
Pedri also thanked The Luzerne Foundation and its president/CEO Charles Barber for coordinating the donation.
Connecticut-based John Canning Co. completed the $2.1 million courthouse restoration project, which was primarily funded by past-borrowed money. The county also received an $80,000 state Historical and Museum Commission grant and $104,385 from casino gambling revenue.
The project restored artwork, repaired water-damaged plaster and murals and returned the dome and south entrance to its original 1909 color scheme, officials said. The courthouse was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
A public grand opening will be held soon, Pedri has said.
Representatives of John Canning Co. are scheduled to make a presentation about the project in the courthouse council meeting room at 5 p.m. Tuesday.
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