137 Year Old Clock Tower Gets Facelift

August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

By Kendra Eaglin

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August 28, 2013 Updated Aug 28, 2013 at 5:50 PM EDT

Buffalo, NY
(WKBW)

If you are traveling in downtown Buffalo you may have noticed construction workers atop the old Erie County Hall building at 92 Franklin Street.

Workers are restoring the central tower which was still covered with the original sheeting from when the building was constructed in 1876.

Crews have now removed the original lead coated copper sheets from the clock tower which will be replaced with nickel coated steel sheets designed to resemble the same aged look as the old patina but is more environmentally friendly.

Over the years the original sheets experienced their fair share of wear and tear from outdoor conditions and had begun leaking.

Jeffrey Zack, Senior Construction Project Manager at the Erie County Department of Public Works is amazed by the original craftsmanship of the building.

The $2.35 million dollar project which began this June is expected to be completed before winter.