VINCENNES, IND. (WTHI) - A southern Indiana library's plans to upgrade one of its oldest sections gets a boost.
The Knox County Library wants to make some big improvements to the old Carnegie section of the building.
An expert on preservation construction spent the day looking over the almost century old structure and gave it a positive assessment.
The old Carnegie Library building in Vincennes has been around for almost a century.
The outside still looks good and inside officials are planning a renovation project that will expand the children's area and relocate the teen section to the first floor.
The project already has the backing of local preservationists.
"It's an excellent building and we're in a very historic neighborhood and we want it functioning well," said President of the Vincennes Preservation Foundation Judy Kratzner. "I think that's the key here."
To make certain the building is functioning local officials brought in Bob Post, an historic restoration contractor, to take a hard look at the parts of building where problems might hide.
The building has some signs of damage from water leaks, but for the most part he called it ready for more years of service.
"I think it's a very fine structure and whatever their plans are in the future will wok out well," said Post.
Anyone who has done renovation on an old building knows you can do about anything you want if you have the money.
Officials at the library say they are pleased with the assessment they have received so far.
"it was fun to see the infrastructure and go up on the ladder and see inside the attic and then be reassured that it's in excellent condition," said Knox County Library Director Emily Bunyan.
The check of the old building was one step in what officials are calling the research phase of the project, but an important one that lets them know that the old Carnegie section of the library is up to handling the future plans without producing any scary surprises.
Officials say they are moving forward deliberately on the planning phase and have not set any schedule for the work.
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