Lowell Deeds

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March 30, 2007

Courthouse Floor

by @ 9:29 am. Filed under Registry Ops, History

Our maintenance department stripped and waxed a large portion of the terrazzo floor in the Lowell Superior Courthouse earlier this week. They did a great job. It is absolutely beautiful. The colors in the mosaic that borders the perimeter of the floor jump out at you. I actually find myself stopping in the halllway examining the intricate pattern created by small tiles. Today tiles like these are installed in sheets…but in 1897 each tile (measuring approximately inch square) was painstakingly installed one by one. Our new gleaming floors inspired me to do a little terrazzo floor research. I discovered the follow on the Internet…and I quote: “ Terrazzo is a smooth, multicolored floor made of marble or stone chips embedded in a cement binder, and then highly polished. Traditionally terrazzo floors are poured and set on site”. The courthouse floor is eighteen inches thick in most places and in some over twenty-three inches. An old dreary rug still covers the registry’s recording counter area. The magnificent terrzzoa floor lies under it. Three weeks ago the maintenance staff removed the rug in the Cusomter Service area. As one of the men pull the first piece of glued down rug from the terrazzo he looked at me and said “this is a crime”. I couldn’t agree more. Last week I called a contractor to give us an estimate for the removal of the recording counter carpet.

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