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Williamson County Courthouse, Georgetown

By Chris Florance, THC Public Information and Education Division Director

It’s that time of year—families, couples, and tourists look for special spots that serve as a backdrop for their holiday memories.

Visiting holiday locations not only affords visitors lovely scenes for their Christmas photos and videos—Texas’ heritage destinations allow folks to connect with Texas’ past...

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Ellis County Courthouse's clock tower.

By Barbara Putrino, THC Senior Communications Specialist

Unlike other historic Texas courthouses designed by James Riely Gordon, what’s different about the Ellis County Courthouse in Waxahachie is its elaborate surface ornamentation. Many of the column capitals contain unusual faces depicting men and women, young and old, each expressing something different—from serene smiles to nasty...

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Exterior of Presidio County Courthouse.

By Barbara Putrino, THC Senior Communications Specialist

In Far West Texas, where artists and adventurers seek sparse, open spaces, a majestic building anchors the city of Marfa’s downtown. The Presidio County Courthouse with its elegant dome and tower is visible for miles along the high desert plain of the Marfa Plateau.

Designed by James H. Britton, the Second Empire style...

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The Jeff Davis courthouse clock tower.

By Jennifer O’Hair, THC Senior Web Coordinator

This month, we’re highlighting Jeff Davis County Courthouse in Fort Davis. The 1910 Classical Revival courthouse with a Beaux-Arts clock tower was designed by Dallas architect L.L. Thurmon. The courthouse has a unique appearance, which is the result of Thurman’s construction technique of using formed, poured concrete with insets of local...

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Facade of Lipscomb County Courthouse.

By Jennifer O’Hair, THC Senior Web Coordinator

Soon after its establishment in 1886, Lipscomb County designated Lipscomb as the county seat. Initially, a one-story, wood frame building served as the county courthouse. However, in 1915, county voters approved the issuance of bonds for a new, larger courthouse to serve the governmental functions of the growing county, which had tripled...

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Bexar County Courthouse

By Jennifer O’Hair, THC Senior Web Coordinator

In a city rich in heritage, San Antonio’s 1896 Bexar County Courthouse is once again basking in its former glory. The courthouse was rededicated in a ceremony on July 14 after a long, multi-phase restoration project came to fruition.

The Romanesque Revival-style structure was designed by architect J. Riely Gordon and constructed...

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Restored Denton County Courthouse with tulips.

Denton’s Courthouse Square: A Community Living Room     

By Barbara Putrino, THC Senior Communications Specialist

At any time, day or evening, you can stroll around the City of Denton’s courthouse square and find something to draw you in: a local café and coffee shop, a store brimming with used books, or a group lounging on the courthouse green while someone plays a guitar. In the...

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Side exterior of San Augustine County Courthouse.

By Jennifer O’Hair, THC Senior Web Coordinator

In the East Texas town of San Augustine, the historic county courthouse stands as a center of politics and government for the people of San Augustine County and an important part of the city's 20th-century architectural heritage.

Designed by Lufkin architect Shirley Simons, the 1927 courthouse’s Classical Revival style shows the...

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San Saba Courthouse's columns.

By Chris Florance, THC’s Public Information and Education Division Director

This month, we're highlighting a threatened courthouse located in the heart of Texas—San Saba, the county seat of San Saba County.

The San Saba County Courthouse was built in 1911. The Classical Revival-style courthouse is constructed of brick and sandstone, representative of a special period in Texas...

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Restored Throckmorton County Courthouse

By Chris Florance, THC’s Public Information and Education Division Director 

This month, we’re happy to highlight the latest historic Texas courthouse to complete a full restoration.

On March 12, 2015, Throckmorton County rededicated its courthouse after a five year restoration using funds from the Texas Historical Commission's (THC) Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation...

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