New Franklin County Judicial Center Will Have Familiar Look

A new courthouse will soon rise in Kentucky’s capital city of Frankfot, but it doesn’t mean the end of the historic 1835 courthouse in the city’s center.

Franklin County needed a new judicial center, but demolishing Frankfort’s 176-year old, Greek-revival style courthouse was out of the question.  So architects wrapped the new facility around the old, picture-framing the original limestone building.  At groundbreaking ceremonies for the new facility, Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton applauded the decision to combine the old, with the new.

“To meet the growing demands of a 21st Century court, while at the same time preserving and using one of the commonwealth’s landmarks.”

Some site preparation surprises and rainy weather pushed the groundbreaking back a few months, but construction bids are in and the $29 million project is on target for completion in 2013.

By Tony McVeigh

Veteran broadcast journalist Tony McVeigh has been covering Kentucky politics since 1986, reporting for Clear Channel Communications before joining Kentucky Public Radio in 2004. His stories are aired by seven KPR affiliates, whose signals blanket the Commonwealth and parts of surrounding states. McVeigh began his broadcasting career at WRFC in Athens, Georgia, while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Georgia. He has extensive anchor/reporter experience, including stints with South Carolina Network and Georgia Radio News Service in Atlanta. In 2007 and 2008, McVeigh was named Best Radio Reporter in the Kentucky Associated Press Awards. He also picked up consecutive AP Awards for Best Political Coverage. McVeigh won four Kentucky AP Awards in 2009, six in 2010 - including Best Political Coverage and Best Hard News Feature - and three in 2011. His coverage of the 2007 Kentucky governor's race topped the Political Reporting category of the Society of Professional Journalists Green Eyeshade Awards of 2008. In 2009, McVeigh placed second in Courts and Law Reporting in the Atlanta-based competition for journalists in 11 Southern states. McVeigh is also the proud recipient of an Individual Liberty Award from the Kentucky Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. The Brunswick, Georgia, native is a die-hard UGA football fan who enjoys photography, astronomy, live music, hiking Kentucky's Red River Gorge and exploring the state's beautiful back roads. McVeigh and his big, fat, black cat Simon, reside in Frankfort, KY.