Beginning in 1999, the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, and its local partners have made significant financial investments to restore many valuable historic courthouses throughout the state.
In order to protect and preserve these buildings for future generations, the Texas Courthouse Stewardship Program was created in 2005 to assist counties by fostering facility planning, budgeting and training. The goal is to prevent the facilities from returning to a state of deferred maintenance and disrepair.
Grant-funded Counties Participating in Courthouse Stewardship Program
In Fall 2016, THC’s Courthouse staff architects held workshops in Denton and Marshall in their restored courthouses. These day-long workshops were the most recent training and networking opportunities for county officials and staff involved with day-to-day care and maintenance activities. “Stay tuned” for more regional workshops in 2017.
TLTA receives Governor’s Award
In October 2016 Governor Greg Abbott recognized the Texas Land Title Association (TLTA) with our 2015 Governor's Award for Historic Preservation. It highlights the effective 10 year partnership between TLTA and the THC to encourage the proper, ongoing stewardship of these treasured landmarks.
Stewardship Award 2018 to Potter County
The 2018 Texas Courthouse Stewardship Award—an award designed to recognize counties that have established good stewardship practice to maintain their courthouses in restored condition—was presented to the Cooke County Courthouse during a special ceremony at the Real Places 2018 conference. Despite being a relatively small, rural county, the Cooke County Courthouse staff have committed themselves to becoming good stewards of the courthouse, developing persuasive documentation to convince the Commissioners’ Court to fund maintenance of the historic County Courthouse as well as to purchase and implement maintenance software. Additionally, they have undertaken the restoration of the wood windows in-house, carefully restoring one window at a time using specifications from the courthouse restoration project and skills learned at THC stewardship workshops.