New roof for St. Augustine's historic city hall and Lightner Museum

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- A major restoration project is underway in St. Augustine.

One of the most recognizable buildings, City Hall, is getting a new roof.

"Being a kid, I always wanted to work in this building, believe it or not. I know it sounds silly but it's true," Tim Fleming said. He is the Deputy Director for General Services and he's also working to see the building gets the TLC it needs.

"When you're working with a building built back in 1887, it's got some unique aspects to it," he said.

To put it bluntly, the beautiful red tile roof leaks.

Fleming noted, "Part of the roof is original to 1887, but over the years, sections have been replaced."

The building also houses the Lightner Museum, and sometimes the museum's priceless collections have been moved to avoid the water intrusion.

"When Phase 2 is done we'll have the whole roof system from back of the building to the front of the building replaced," Fleming said.

Two state preservation grants and city bond funding are paying for the $1.5 million project. Scaffolding now surrounds the front, back and sides of the building. From the fourth floor balcony, you can easily see the work in progress.

For Fleming, this project is more than just about putting a new roof on city hall. "It's stewardship of the building."

It's a building that's integral to the city he calls home.

The project is expected to be complete by the end of November.


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