Roofing work begins at Ashe Street Courthouse | Photo & Video

Work has begun on renovating the roof of the former courthouse on Ashe Street, 401 Ashe St.

Washington County Mayor Joe Grandy said the project is expected to take up to four weeks. The mayor said the roofing work would address water leaks and help stabilize the structure, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

First known as the Johnson City Postal Savings Bank and Post Office in 1910, the building later became a district court and then housed Washington County’s 911 Emergency Communications District for 30 years.

The building has been vacant since 911 moved to its new Boones Creek location in late 2017. If the district officials do not find a new public use for the former post office, the property goes back to the federal government.

County and Johnson City officials have asked Governor Bill Lee to add $ 5 million to the new state budget to fund renovations to the historic building. Lee had included the same amount in his latest budget, but that allocation was removed to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

Local officials hired the architecture and engineering firm Clark Nexsen to look into refurbishment options for the building.

The Beaux Arts architecture of the courthouse on Ashe Street was a popular style for government buildings erected in this country between the 1890s and 1920s.

The roofing over of the former courthouse at Ashe Street, 401 Ashe St., is expected to take up to four weeks.

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First known as the Johnson City Postal Savings Bank and Post Office in 1910, the building later became a district court and then housed Washington County’s 911 Emergency Communications District for 30 years.

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The Beaux Arts architecture of the courthouse on Ashe Street was a popular style for government buildings erected in this country between the 1890s and 1920s.



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The roofing over of the former courthouse at Ashe Street, 401 Ashe St., is expected to take up to four weeks.



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First known as the Johnson City Postal Savings Bank and Post Office in 1910, the building later became a district court and then housed Washington County’s 911 Emergency Communications District for 30 years.



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The Beaux Arts architecture of the courthouse on Ashe Street was a popular style for government buildings erected in this country between the 1890s and 1920s.

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