The old federal courthouse in Martinsburg has been condemned for nearly three months, but the historic building now has new life.
In late February, the old courthouse and post office was condemned for being a safety hazard. Witnesses said bricks were falling from arches on the outside, close to side entrance stairs.
“I was walking by when the bricks were falling, so I called 911,” a witness who said he saw the bricks fall, said.
The historic building that has been open since the late 1800’s has been owned by The Arts Centre since 2001.
Although it took nearly three months, the building is safe again.
“They took the signs off today, so we’re excited about that. A lot of great things are going to [be] happening now that we can use the building again,” Rob Stevens, Vice President, The Arts Centre, said.
He believes the incident was weather related, but said all-in-all it was a fairly smooth fix.
“It wasn’t bad once we picked a contractor that could handle such a historic building, and then they took over from there,” Stevens said.
The Arts Center’s Vice President said there is no other location he’d rather be.
“You can’t beat it. It’s the most historic, eye-catching building in Martinsburg, if not the Eastern Panhandle,” Stevens said.