The 86th Texas Legislature approved $25 million for the Round XI funding cycle. A total of 21 applications were submitted requesting more than $108 million in state funding. In June 2020, 9 projects were selected to receive grants.
The following projects were approved at the THC Commission Meeting on 6/17/2020. Details on each will be posted when counties have begun their projects.
Applicant Project Descriptions
Callahan County Courthouse
The Callahan County Courthouse, Voelcker & Dixon’s example of transitional Classical Revival style, features three stories designed with simple, clean lines and embellished with glazed terra cotta decorative elements. Callahan received a Round VIII Emergency Grant and Round X Planning Grant. The county’s Round XI Full Restoration Grant funds the full restoration of the Callahan County Courthouse, including the removal of an asphalt parking lot, and the improvement of site drainage and the re-establishment of the courthouse square perimeter with a new drive and the burial of electrical lines, and the repair of sewage lines and drainage. Masonry and terracotta restoration, and the removal of an elevator tower will restore the exterior. Restoration of original light fixtures and interior finishes, including a unique acoustic tile ceiling in the District Courtroom, along with the removal of non-original wood paneling and suspended ceilings will complete the project.
Duval County Courthouse
The 1916 Courthouse, designed in Classical Revival Style, comprises a simple rectangular tripartite building of brick masonry. Duval County’s Round XI Emergency Grant also will address three critical issues; poor site and building drainage, damage of the brick & stone masonry resulting from deteriorating steel lintels at windows and door openings, and outdated and dangerous electrical services.
Kimble County Courthouse
Designed by Henry T. Phelps in 1929, the Kimble County Courthouse demonstrates the Art Deco style in its cast stone geometric detailing and engaged columns integrated into a rectangular massing with a traditional cross-axial layout. The Round XI Planning Grant will produce construction documents that can be used to fully restore the courthouse. The future restoration will include the removal of the 1973 addition. The non-original aluminum entry doors will be reconstructed with transoms to match the historic doors. Exterior brick and cast stone masonry will be cleaned, repaired, and repointed as needed. The interior work involves asbestos abatement, removal of non-historic finishes, and restoration of original walls, ceilings, and trim. Rehabilitation work includes installation of a new elevator, and new electrical and mechanical systems. A new ramp and code compliant elevator will improve accessibility.
Lee County Courthouse
The Romanesque Revival Lee County Courthouse, designed by J. Riely Gordon, features a cruciform plan supporting a clock tower in a minimal and focused version of the architect’s style. The Round XI Emergency Grant will implement foundation repairs recommended by a structural engineer experienced with load-bearing masonry. The repairs involve new foundation underpinnings using drilled shafts.
Mason County Courthouse
The Mason County Courthouse was constructed in 1910 in the Classical Revival style out of local sandstone. The county completed construction documents with a Round VI Planning Grant. The Round XI Full Restoration Grant include a full exterior restoration of masonry, roofing, doors, windows, hazardous materials abatement, replacement of outdated mechanical and electrical systems, and the installation of a fire detection and notification. Historic finishes throughout the building will be restored to their original appearance.
Taylor County Courthouse
Featuring a variety of exterior materials such as brick, cast stone, and terracotta, the 1915 Taylor County Courthouse is a 3-story brick building with a rectangular plan and a concealed flat roof. The Round XI Full Restoration Grant proposes a full interior and exterior restoration. The site will be restored with removal of a non-historic addition, above-grade utilities and asphalt that currently extends to the edge of the building, and the restoration of original concrete walks and landscaping. Exterior work entails cleaning and repointing brick, reconstructing concrete steps and landings, and replacing the roof. The building will receive a new accessible security entrance, and interior work includes the installation of a new elevator and egress stair, and restoration of historic finishes throughout the building, as well as the full replacement of outdated mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems, and the installation of security and audio-visual.
Washington County Courthouse
The 1939 Washington County’s Art Deco-style Courthouse sports facades along its rectangular structure, broken up by a large central projecting bay. The entrances are defined by black marble elements and stylized aluminum eagle sculptures. The Round XI Planning Grant will produce construction documents that can be used to fully restore the courthouse. Washington County will address inappropriate changes to the square from 1985, including removal of raised planting beds. Exterior work will focus on repair of the limestone veneer panel system and replacement of the flat roofing systems. Interior work will ensure full restoration of historic elements and finishes, including District Courtroom furnishings and the original paint colors.
Willacy County Courthouse
Designed in the Classical Revival style by Henry T. Phelps, the building was constructed in 1923 of red brick façade and cream cast stone ornament. The Round XI Planning Grant will produce construction documents that can be used to fully restore the courthouse, including the window and exterior door units and the removal of non-original intrusions inside the building. All original finishes will be restored to their original appearance, and the project will address outdated systems and infrastructure, and repair deteriorated conditions, due primarily to moisture infiltration.
Wise County Courthouse
Designed by J. Riely Gordon, the Romanesque Revival Wise County Courthouse was constructed in 1896 of pink granite with sandstone details. The Round XI Planning Grant will produce construction documents for a full restoration of this Texas landmark. Work outlined in the drawings will include removal of an elevator installed in the primary atrium space, masonry repairs and the restoration of interior finishes such as encaustic tile floors, ornamental plaster and wood wainscots and trim.