Moore, an Athens native who considers himself a student of both history and architecture, said he understand the historic value and meaning of the courthouse. He said Martin & Cobey has worked on several building projects requiring attention to historic preservation, including Athens State University as well as buildings in Athens, Mooresville and Huntsville. He believes removing one of the stairways — the one least used by the public — is the only way to keep the courthouse operating while renovations commence. He believes it is also the only way to refrain from encroaching on space sorely needed for judges and other courthouse employees.
A primary goal of the renovation is to create more usable space in the building as well as to repair leaks and make other repairs.