FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) – Renovations are wrapping up at Frankfort’s Old Stoney.
“It feels really, really good to be on the precipice of being back in Old Stoney,” said Mayor Chris McBarnes.
Built in 1892, the building has seen its fair share of history.
Originally home to Frankfort High School until 1963, Old Stoney now serves as the Frankfort City Building.
After five years in the making, a $4 million renovation project was given the green light and Old Stoney was set for a makeover.
McBarnes said the building has become a staple in the community.
“From top to bottom, this has been a heart and arteries project. This building’s been built to stand the test of time for, hopefully, the next 10 decades,” said McBarnes.
Ten months later and under budget, renovations are nearly complete. Some of the improvements include all new carpet, fresh paint, a new roof, windows and an HVAC system.
While some city officials have already moved back to their offices, there are plans to have everybody back in Old Stoney in the next few weeks.
“The Mayor’s Office and the Clerk-Treasurer’s Office will be moving back in the week of Nov. 14. All other offices are all back in Old Stoney or right on the cusp of being back in,” McBarnes said.
Kerry Harshbarger has taken care of maintenance at Old Stoney for the past 15 years.
“I was born and raised here and grew up here and, you know, kind of went to a little bit of schooling before, you know, after they closed,” said Harshbarger. “Junior high was across the street and, you know, we utilized it after it stopped being a high school. So, I mean, it’s just a neat little building.”
He takes pride in knowing the iconic structure is still serving a purpose.
“A lot of cities don’t keep a lot of stuff this old and, you know, you’re just proud to keep it. Be able to put money into it and keep it,” Harshbarger said.
McBarnes added, “This is a building that truly — it is Frankfort. People remember it when they come here, and it was very important for us to preserve that history.”