Old courthouse celebrates 100th anniversary with block party
A community celebration of the 100th birthday of the historic Jefferson County Courthouse will kickoff Thursday, June 15, at 5:30 p.m., on D Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets.
The Madras-Jefferson County Chamber of Commerce will host the annual Business After Hours Block Party outside the old courthouse, with food, beverages, live music and dancing from 5:30-8 p.m.
The band "Shaniko," will provide the music for the community party, which will also include a car show and tours of the original courthouse, built as a city hall in 1917, to house city and and then county offices.
Madras resident Steve Jansen purchased the historic courthouse for $10,000 from the county in 2013, to "save it from the wrecking ball," and began the painstaking restoration of the building, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Until 2013, the old courthouse housed the Jefferson County Museum on the second story, and the OSU Extension on the first floor. Today, the first floor is rented out as office space, and the second story has been renovated and restored to be used for special events, such as receptions and weddings.