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City of Woodstock: Old Courthouse Center

Built in 1857 and 1887, respectively, the McHenry County Courthouse and Sheriff’s House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The City of Woodstock
embarked on a bold, new course to revitalize and re-imagine the buildings as a regional center for arts, entertainment, dining and celebrations in the Northwest suburbs. Bulley & Andrews, as construction manager, rehabilitated the structures so they can be re-purposed and enjoyed by the city and its residents. The projects feature:

  • Restored historical interior spaces, including the tin ceilings, hand-painted courtroom ceiling and original 1887 jail cells
  • 20,000 sq. ft. of leasable space
  • 9,600 sq. ft. of event space, centered around the 2,000 sq. ft. courtroom with 21-foot ceilings revealing the original, hand-painted designs
  • A new rear elevator lobby, making the buildings handicap accessible for the first time
  • A new electrical system and a new geothermal HVAC system

B&A completed all work while the Woodstock Public House Restaurant remained operable and open to the public throughout construction.


City of Woodstock

Project Size

32,000 sq. ft.

Architect / Engineer

Studio GWA


Construction Manager


Woodstock, Illinois


Historic RestorationRenovation