Deborah Berke Partners and K. Norman Berry Associates have led the exterior restoration and interior renovation of the Fayette County Courthouse, one of the most prominent and architecturally significant landmarks in downtown Lexington, Kentucky. We are respectfully transforming the building for contemporary uses and ushering in a new, publicly accessible future.
DBP and KNBA approached the project with the goal of preserving the character of the building, especially its existing architectural fabric, while updating it for a new mix of uses that will once again make the building an accessible and dynamic focal point of downtown.
The rotunda is being reconceived as an event space, with a restored plaster dome including lighting that suggests a starry sky, flanked by two flexible event spaces designed to accommodate a variety of functions at many scales. Lighting is used throughout the project to subtly highlight the architecture and provide spatial clarity and aid in way-finding. In addition to the event space in the rotunda, the building will contain offices for businesses and civic non-profit organizations, as well as ground floor food and beverage outlets. The renovation brings one of the city’s most important buildings back into the lives of the people of Lexington.