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Hall of Justice Dome & Mural Restoration

The BVH design team performed a multi-phase restoration of the Douglas County Courthouse Hall of Justice mural system. After years of neglect and deterioration caused by fire damage, poor lighting, and a failing ceiling structure, the DCC enlisted BVH to lead a structural analysis and subsequent restoration of the glass dome and murals. Phase 1 saw the steel and stained-glass dome restored, including application of goldleaf finishing. Evergreene Architectural Arts lead Phase 2 to analyze, restore, and conserve all eight of the 107-year-old murals.

Depicting the region’s history and expansion, the eight murals curve around the 5th floor of the Hall of Justice. Paint samples, exposure windows, and original documents were all consulted to bring the aging and deteriorating paintings back to life. Several murals had been repainted over the years to include inappropriate additional imagery, often changing the work’s original intent. BVH and Evergreene worked to restore the pieces to their original intent, whether through in-place restoration or at times complete recreation in the original artist’s style. New lighting was installed, and final documentation was provided to the Courthouse to ensure future conservation efforts succeed.

Location

Omaha, NE

Year Completed

2017

Owner

Size

3,025 sq. ft.