Preservation trust opens old courthouse to public
Kay Carroll, left, of the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, talks with Gerry and Peg Perusse and their son, Tim, during an open house at the former Litchfield County courthouse on Sunday. BZ photos
The public had a chance to tour the former Litchfield County courthouse on Sunday when its new owner, the Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust, held an open house.
GLPT representatives led tours of the building and presented information on the organization's proposal to convert the building into a town hall. That plan carries an estimated cost of $4.6 million and is being considered as an option by the town's town hall review committee.
The committee is also looking at a plan to build a new town hall on the lot behind Town Hall at an estimated cost of $5.9 million. Currently, the committee is weighing both plans to determine which would be more feasible. Eventually the committee will make a recommendation to the Board of Selectmen.
Dozens toured the vacant building during the four-hour open house. Many positive comments on the GLPT's plan were heard, although there were some expressing reservations about cost.
*Note: For detailed information on the plan to build a new town hall on the lot behind the existing building, go townoflitchfield.org and click on "town hall report" at the top of the home page.
A pair of visitors tour what was the law library on the second floor. Below, retired Litchfield Superior Court Judge Charles D. Gill of Litchfield is greeted by Michele Marin of Litchfield while he held court in what was the second-floor courtroom.