Brown County settles dispute over tarnished courthouse dome

    A view of the tarnished Brown County courthouse dome as seen from SKYFOX, May 24, 2018. (WLUK image)

    GREEN BAY (AP) -- Brown County has settled a dispute with a Chicago engineering company over a tarnished copper dome atop the historic courthouse.

    The Green Bay Press Gazette reports that the county's board of supervisors agreed to accept a $70,000 payout from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger, which had recommended the county coat the dome with boiled linseed oil. County officials say the coating contributed to a rapid, blotchy discoloration of the dome.

    The structure will be professionally cleaned of dark material believed to be mildew, and coated with an as-yet-undetermined sealant designed to preserve its shine.

    The courthouse is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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