Lady Justice lifted onto dome as Madison County Courthouse project nears completion

The renovation and addition project at the Madison County Courthouse in Wampsville, N.Y., reached a milestone on April 1 as a bronze statue of Lady Justice was lifted into place on the dome of the structure.

Originally built in 1909, the courthouse has had three different Lady Justice statues atop its dome over the years.  A fiberglass version was removed for the current renovation, as the dome roof was replaced with handmade copper shingles last summer.  The new 13-foot, 5-inch Lady Justice is a replica of the original 1909 zinc sculpture that had graced the dome until 1934. (Click here for an article in central New York’s Observer-Dispatch that describes more about the courthouse’s statues.)

“Watching the new Lady Justice statue being set atop the renovated courthouse this week, you can’t help but feel like you’re witnessing a significant moment in history for this county,” said Senior Project Manager Laird Updyke.  “We are helping to improve and preserve a historic building, but moments like setting this statue are only possible thanks to years of planning and hard work by a team of people.  This strong project team is working together to complete this meaningful project for the people of Madison County by their grand opening ceremony on Memorial Day weekend.”

LeChase is CM agent for the $18 million courthouse project, and expects to finish remaining work over the next several weeks.  In addition to Laird, the project team includes Assistant Project Manager Don Banks, Project Administrator Tammy Seward, Project Executive Bill Connor and Regional Operations Manager Paul Klinko.

The grand opening ceremony is set for Saturday, May 25.