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Keystone Historic Preservation Grants
Clinton County Courthouse

Built in 1869, the Clinton County Courthouse is one of the most prominent showpieces of the picturesque riverside city of Lock Haven. Beloved as a significant contributing building to the city’s Water Street Historic District, the courthouse is a vital historic asset that has created a unique sense of space and identity for our small rural community.

Clinton County Court House

As a collaborator for economic development, tourism, recreation, and cultural improvement, Clinton County is committed to working with local partner agencies, preservation advocates, and the public to identify and preserve important community resources within our county. By preserving the natural, cultural, and historical assets that make our community unique, we hope to attract tourism, draw investment, and improve social and economic well-being for residents.

In 2017, Clinton County applied for, and received, a $7,500 PHMC Keystone Historic Preservation Planning Grant to conduct a formal historic structure report on the Courthouse. This multi-disciplinary planning document, completed in February of 2018 by Strosser Architecture and Conservation LLC, has provided the County with a historical record of the building, its existing conditions, and guidance on how to proceed with future renovations in order to minimize loss, damage, and any other adverse effects to the historical character of the courthouse.

Findings from this report have been used to pursue a 2018 PHMC Keystone Historic Preservation Construction Grant, in the amount of $100,000, to repair exterior damages to the masonry walls and windows, and restore the interior main entry, main stairs, upper hall and main courtroom of the Clinton County Courthouse. If awarded, this project would begin, at the earliest, in the Fall of 2018.

For more information on the county’s preservation efforts, please contact the Clinton County Grants Administrator at (570) 893-4080 or attend a Commissioner’s Public Meeting in the Garden Building’s Third Floor Conference Room on Thursdays at 10 a.m.