Scott County Historical Society
Scott County, Virginia
CHANGES IN SCOTT COURT HOUSE RANK IT WITH THE BEST IN SEVERAL STATES
New Front Built For Old Structure-Exterior Will Be Cleaned-All Outside Changes-Insideof Building Practically Made New;
Court Room Remodeled-Cost Near $42,500
The Scott. County court house,recently remodeled by Pyle Brothers, is now one of the most modern and up-to-date court structures in Southwest Virginia and East Tennessee. The interior of the building was practically made new by the remodeling process, but the walls that have stood for 100 years remained untouched. A new front was built at the entrance of the structure. Four large white columns extend from the porch to the stop of the structure to support the roof of the new addition. This is the only change in the front of the structure, but this change added much to the building's appearance. A new roof was also put on the building, the old roof being removed. The building will also be cleaned and retouched on the outside, but aside from these changes it will remain the same.
The court room was completelyremodeled. The judge's bench was changed from the east end of the court room to the north end. Balconies were constructed in the east and west ends of the court room. These balconies will seat several people and at the same time office rooms were made possible by the construction of the balconies. This was done in order to utilize space as all the county offices will be moved into the court house. A new bench for the judge was constructed and a new jury box along with new chairs were added. New chairs replaced the old benches for accommodating the spectators at court. The court room was also repainted and a new ceiling added. A noiseless floor was also installed in order to keep down disturbances while court is in session.
Steam heat, running water andall other modern conveniences were added in the remodeling process. The capacity of the vault, used for storing records, was also more than doubled. This court structure is now one of the finest in the state of Virginia. It was remodeled at an estimated cost of $42,500.
Kingsport Times-News; Feb. 24, 1929