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12/7/2017 4:54:00 PM
Allen County Courthouse tours reveal overlooked beauty of 1902 Beaux Arts-style building
For more than 20 years, the Allen Conty Courthouse Preservation Trust has worked diligently to enure the beauty of the 115-year-old courthouse has been restored and retained. Staff photo by Michelle Davies
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For more than 20 years, the Allen Conty Courthouse Preservation Trust has worked diligently to enure the beauty of the 115-year-old courthouse has been restored and retained. Staff photo by Michelle Davies

Matthew LeBlanc, Journal Gazette

It's obvious she loves the old building, the Allen County Courthouse.

Madelane Elston has been there from the beginning, when she and other activists began working in the 1990s to restore and protect the courthouse from decades of neglect and poor care. Elston is board president of the Allen County Courthouse Preservation Trust, and she's still singing the building's praises, more than 20 years later.

On Wednesday, she helped lead  media through the courthouse – into its stately courtrooms, through doors that are usually locked and up narrow staircases and into areas rarely seen by the public.

“I think it's really important for the community to understand, this is a world-class building,” she said. “I think it's important to remind them from time to time.”

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