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Somerset County Courthouse
Somerville, NJ

Built in 1907 of Vermont marble, the courthouse features two skylights, a 10' diameter skylight in the rotunda, and a 21' diameter skylight in the main courtroom. These circular skylights are fine examples of American neo-classical art glass. They are composed of decorative elements set against a geometric background in opalescent glass and cast jewels.

The window renovation was completed under the supervision of the total courthouse restoration project architect of Ford, Farewell, Mills & Gatsch of Princeton, NJ.

The Scope of the Work Included:

  • 2 circular skylights -- 33 sections (panels) of glass in each, totalling 66 sections
  • Completed over a 6 month period
  • Straightening of sagged sections
  • Removal, cleaning, repairing, and reinstallation
  • Minor repairs (straightening) on approximately 80% of the sections
  • Complete re-leading on the remaining 20% of sections with glass repair and replacement
  • Installation of 1/4" safety laminated glass to underside of skylights
  • Cleaning, painting, and reinforcing steel frames

The completed 10' diameter rotunda skylight.

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rotunda skylight

The fully restored, beautiful and impressive main courtroom skylight.

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courtroom skylight

Installing the renovated 21' diameter main courtroom skylight.

"I would be glad to share our high esteem of Michael with you."

Mark D. Hall
Hall Construction Co., Inc.

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installing the courtroom skylight
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