Lake County Commissioners
When postal operations were relocated, Lake County purchased the former Painesville post office (c. 1920) and renovated it for use as an annex to the adjacent courthouse. The 24,000-square-foot building now houses Lake County Probate Court, Clerk of Courts, and other County offices. A tunnel provides a secure passageway between the annex and the 19th century courthouse next door.
The basement, which had a dirt floor and was completely unfinished, was built out to accommodate the Clerk of Courts. The main floor was converted into the Probate Court. The original postmaster’s office became the judge’s chambers, and the south lobby was restored, maintaining all of the original detailing.
The exterior was repaired and restored, and an entry pavilion was constructed in place of the original loading dock. The original wood windows had deteriorated and were replaced with energy-efficient wood sashes with white aluminum exterior finish. Mechanical and electrical systems were completely replaced. An interior hydraulic elevator was added within the perimeter shell as part of improvements made to bring the three-story facility into compliance with ADA regulations.