Mount Vernon: Franklin County Courthouse

front elevation with cupolaAs promised back in June, the visit to the Franklin County courthouse in Mt. Vernon, Texas has finally seen the light of day!  The Classical Revival style courthouse was designed in 1912 by Dallas architect L. L. Thurman, and constructed by Dallas builders     L. R. Wright & Company (TexasEscapes.com; Stark, 2013).  The Franklin county courthouse is one of four designed by Thurman (Stark).  The clock on the domed cupola chimes (TexasEscapes.com), and is one of only two existing clocks with a hand-wound mechanism in Texas courthouses (Stark).  Constructed of Indiana limestone, at a cost of $55,000, it is currently in the last phases of restoration with an interior and exterior renovation cost of $6.9 million (Stark).  The restoration was funded with grants from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program, including restoration of exterior with a 2010 grant and a 2012 grant for restoration of the interior.  The cornerstone for the building is located on the inside (TexasEscapes.com), which explains why I could not locate it on my visit!

side elevation 2Stark, C. (2013). Courthouse trails: Franklin County. Texas County Progress. Retrieved from countyprogress.zacpubs.com

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4 Responses to Mount Vernon: Franklin County Courthouse

  1. socialbridge says:

    What a building! Mount Vernons all seem to be special. We have a lovely one with connections to GW here in Ireland.

    • Suzassippi says:

      It is rather impressive–agreed! They have some lovely historic houses, as well. Your comment sent me off on a search, and while I did not find the building reference, I did learn that architect James Hoban, born in Kilkenny, Ireland, designed the White House. I also learned (shame on my history education in the schools) that Irish were large supporters of the American Revolution to their experiences with Britain as well.

      • socialbridge says:

        Suz, I’ll send you on some info about our Irish Mount Vernon. I had the pleasure of seeing the inside of the house a few years ago. It was just gorgeous.

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