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Restored dome unveiled at Lexington's historic courthouse

The restored dome inside Lexington's historic courthouse at 210 West Main Street was unveiled by Mayor Jim Gray on Monday. Photo courtesy Lexington Fayette County Urban Government.

LEXINGTON, Ky. (WDKY) - The dome inside Lexington's historic courthouse at 210 West Main Street was unveiled by Mayor Jim Gray on Monday.

The dome in the 119-year-old building, had been closed off since 1960.

The work to restore the dome is part of a $32 million public-private project to restore the building.

“The dome tops off a courthouse that once again will be a centerpiece downtown,” Gray said. “A place that welcomes everyone with a restaurant, a bar, offices, a Visitors Center and fantastic space for all kinds of celebrations … the dome.”

The dome and the top floor of the building have been leased to LexEffect, which will use it as an event space, dubbed Limestone Hall.

Although the dome is finished, crews continue to work on other floors of the building, so the public is not yet able to tour the building.

City officials say the building should be finished and open to the public by late spring.

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