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Kenosha County Wisconsin - Habush Habush Rottier donates $100 000 for restoration of Kenosha County s Ceremonial Courtroom 28 September 2022 ( news )
Kenosha County , state Wisconsin ( By Press Release office)
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Habush Habush & Rottier , has pledged $100 , 000 toward the restoration of the historic Ceremonial Courtroom in the Kenosha County Courthouse , the firm announced today .
“Our firm has represented Kenosha County residents since our founding in 1930 . We have had a dedicated office in Kenosha since 2001 . Access to justice for all and the symbolism of this beautiful courtroom are important to all of us . We are proud to be a part of this community project , ” said Daniel Rottier , President of the firm .
This is a significant step in the fundraising project being led by a Blue - Ribbon panel which includes Kenosha County Executive Samantha Kerkman .
“We are actively seeking private funds to support this preservation effort , and we are so very grateful to Habush Habush & Rottier for its generous contribution , ” Kerkman said . “Our Courthouse is a historic gem . Restoring the grand Ceremonial Courtroom to its onetime splendor would be a fitting way to celebrate the centennial of the building in 2025 , and it would provide a wonderful space for the community to gather for all sorts of significant occasions . ”
Proposed restoration of the Courtroom , which was built in 1925 , will help restore its former grandeur . It will also allow the Courtroom to be used for historical and architectural tours , educational activities for children and community events .
Concealed above a drop ceiling that was installed in the 1960s is a beautiful border with a goldleaf quote by Abraham Lincoln that lines the room: “Let every American , every lover of liberty , every well - wisher to his posterity , swear by the blood of the Revolution , never to violate in the least particular , the laws of the country; and never to tolerate their violation by others . ” The proposed restoration would bring that quotation back into public view , along with highly detailed ornamental plaster and a stained - glass skylight that was original to the building .
Retired Judge Mary Wagner , co - chair of the Blue Ribbon Committee , expressed appreciation for the new contribution from Habush Habush & Rottier .
“The recognition of Habush Habush & Rottier of our efforts is a stunning example of the community’s support for this project of regional interest , ” Wagner said . “The $100 , 000 contribution from their charitable funds represents their commitment to this community . Their generous donation will advance our efforts to revive this magnificent structure , as we continue working to raise the funds necessary to complete the restoration . ”
Kenosha County received a prestigious Jeffris Family Foundation challenge grant of $675 , 000 , which must be fully matched 2:1 over the next three years in order to be received . A campaign has been launched to raise $1 , 350 , 000 in private funds . Donations to the fund can be made at:
https://www . kenoshafoundation . org/donateby clicking on the Ceremonial Courtroom Restoration Project image .
More information about the project can be found
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