A number of buildings of architectural importance are in the ownership of Laois County Council and have been conserved and reused in recent years.
Donaghmore Workhouse Dining Hall
With the assistance of grant aid from Laois Partnership a major conservation project on the former Dining Hall at Donaghmore Workhouse was completed in 2014. The building is now open to the public as part of the Donaghmore Museum experience, to interpret what life would have been like for inhabitants on the 19th Century Workhouse.
Abbeyleix Market House
The formerMarket House at the centre of Abbeyleix has been conserved and refurbished as a library for the town
In partnership with the local community, and with the assistance of the Heritage Council, Laois County Council undertook conservation and refurbishment work at Durrow Courthouse. The building now houses the town’s library and a community museum and meeting space.
The former courthouse in Stradbally is now home to the library and the Arthouse, with artists studios and exhibition space.
Following conservation work, the Courthouse in Mountmellick now houses Laois County Council offices and the town Library.
Clonaslee Heritage Centre
The former Church of Ireland in Clonaslee was conserved and converted by Laois County Council in partnership with the local community, and is now a community-run facility, heritage centre and community meeting space.
Other buildings of architectural importance in the ownership of Laois County Council will be conserved and revitalised on a rolling programme, as funds permit.