Public gets an up-close look at former courthouse
Litchfield Preservation Trust member Victoria Sansing welcomes John Donnelly of Litchfield and his daughters, Shannon and Caroline, to an open house at the former Litchfield County courthouse on Sunday. BZ photos
The Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust provided a glimpse of what could be in store for the town when it opened its newest property - the former Litchfield County courthouse - to the public on Sunday.
Tours of the building took place during the Parks and Recreation Department's holiday stroll and tree lighting.
The GLPT purchased the building on Oct. 31 from three heirs of two of the Litchfield men who in the early 19th century signed a lease giving the state use of the land the building sits on for a courthouse. Converting the building into a new town hall at a projected cost of $5.2 million is the primary goal of the GLPT.
GLPT members were on hand to greet the public and show architectural renderings of what the building would look like as a town hall. Before the current town hall was built in the early 1960s, part of the courthouse was used as a town hall.
Selectman Jeffrey Zullo stopped in to see the building and said he supports the trust’s plan.
“I’m a huge supporter of the idea and I ran on it (in the Nov. 7 election),” Zullo said. “It’s very forward thinking and I believe it would be advantageous for the town to consider it as an option.”
The Board of Selectmen could begin weighing the proposal in the next couple of months.
The old courthouse was filled with life and light.
Litchfield Hills Probate District Judge Diane Blick, left, discusses the town hall plan with Greater Litchfield Preservation Trust members Jerry Geci and Carol Bramley.
Members of the public tour the first-floor courtroom.
GLPT member Kay Carroll looks at an architectural drawing of the building showing how it would look as a town hall.
The jury box remains in place in the first-floor courtroom.