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Bids Sought to Build Courthouse, 1916

From The Chatsworth Times
March 30, 1916


Georgia, Murray County.

The Commissioners for Roads and Revenue for Murray County will receive sealed proposals for the erection of a COURT HOUSE for MURRAY COUNTY, to be built on the Court House square, in the town of Chatsworth, in said County according to revised plans and specifications.

Proposals will be received up to 1 o'clock p.m, Saturday, April 8, 1916, at the Office of the Clerk of the County Commissioners at Chatsworth, where plans and specifications are on file and open to inspection by the public, and at the office of Alexander Blair, Architect, Macon, Ga. Said plans and specifications are hereby specifically referred to for more specific and detailed information as to the dimensions, extent, and character of said proposed building.

Plans and specification may be secured at the discretion of the Architect by Georgia Contractors desiring to submit bids on the whole work described by depositing $50 with the Architect, which deposit will be returned when proposal secured by bidder's bond and certified check has been submitted and plans and specifications have been returned to the Architect in good condition.

The size of the building will be 58 feet by 81 feet, two stories in height, with Basement under part of the building. First Floor will contain nine large rooms, including Ordinary's Office, Ordinary's Record Room, including Office for Clerk of Superior Court with Record Room, (both above record rooms to be fireproof), Room for Tax Collector and Receiver, County Commissioners, School Commissioners, Sheriff's Office and a Rest Room for women with a private toilet in connection.

The building is to be located on the Court House square in Chatsworth with the main front facing East which has a Portico and roof supported with long columns running up to the ceiling of Second Floor. There will also be three other entrances, one on each other side, a wide corridor from one end of the building to the other and one from North to South. Floors of Corridors to be Terrazzo tiling.

There will be a flight of stairs at both ends of East and West Corridors, leading to Second Floor, stairs to be of iron with composition tile treads, which will contain on East end, General Lobby, Grand Jury Room, and Office for Solicitor General. At the West end are: Petit-Jury Room, Room for Judge of Superior Court, General Lobby and Consultation Room. All Jury Rooms will have private toilets.

The Superior Court Room is to be 44 feet by 44 feet, Ceiling 22 feet high.

The Basement will contain General Toilet Room and Boiler Room for future installation of heating plant.

The building will be constructed of brick, faced with red repressed brick, trimmed with terra cotta and limestone, with granite steps at entrances. The roof to be covered with slate with tin decks.

The building is to be prepared for the future installation of electric lights.

Complete plumbing fixtures are to be furnished and set, including sewer connection.

The Contractor will be required to furnish all material and build said Court House in a substantial manner to the satisfaction and under the supervision of Alexander Blair, Architect.

Payments on the Contract are to be made to the Contractor on the first Tuesday of each month after full four weeks of work has been done on the building, on certification of the Architect. Amount of payment to be 75 per cent of labor and material then incorporated in the building, to be shown by estimate of contractor and approved by the Architect, and the balance within thirty days after the entire completion of the Contract, and acceptance of the building by the Architect and Commissioners.

(Two paragraphs detail the tax situation and direct what bid package must consist of and how to submit.)

By order of the Commissioners for Roads and Revenue of the county of Murray, this 7th day of March, 1916.

D. R. DUNN, Chairman
Commissioners for Roads and Revenue,
Murray County, Georgia.


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