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 2019, THC’s Courthouse staff architects will hold workshops in Alpine (July 16), Gainesville (September 18), and Tahoka (October 23). These day-long workshops are training and networking opportunities for county officials and staff involved with day-to-day care and maintenance activities, as well as an opportunity for first-hand experience with the new courthouse maintenance handbook. Contact Olivia Hillmer (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or to sign up. Stay tuned for more regional workshops in 2020.
THCPP Promotes New Courthouse Maintenance Handbook
The Texas Historical Commission’s Historic Courthouse Maintenance Handbook is designed to help facilities directors, maintenance and housekeeping staff, and county officials in Texas maintain over 240 historic courthouse buildings throughout the state. The handbook was launched in digital form in Spring 2019, with fillable PDFs and links to resources.
Stewardship Award Presented to Shackelford County
The 2019 Texas Courthouse Stewardship Award—designed to recognize counties that have established good stewardship practice to maintain their courthouses in restored condition—was presented to the Shackelford County Courthouse. Notable for being the first restored courthouse in the THC’s Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, the building in Albany dates to 1884 and features an impressive Second Empire-style tower, detailed cornice brackets, and sturdy limestone from a nearby quarry. Shackelford County representatives were honored for their dedication to maintaining the work performed during the initial 2001 preservation project, which restored the district courtroom, corridors, and 15 office spaces by adding new features (an ADA ramp and elevator) along with reproduced historic features such as the ornate entry doors, pressed metal and beadboard ceilings, and wood windows. In 2018, the county completed significant maintenance on the building, including exterior repainting and repairs.