Category Archives: Courthouses

What? Henry Flagler bought another hotel, next door to his first two?

Alongside the Hotel Ponce de Leon and Hotel Alcazar, the Casa Monica Hotel opened in 1888 by Franklin W. Smith. Constructed in the Moorish Revival and Spanish Baroque Revival style, it faced the courtyard for Hotel Alcazar, across the street … Continue reading

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J. Riely Gordon’s Wise County, Texas Courthouse

J. Riely Gordon’s 1895-1897 courthouse in Decatur replaced one that burned in 1895.  Fire had also consumed the 1881 courthouse and it burned to the ground destroying all records.  Both fires were thought to be arson.  Of the 1881 fire, … Continue reading

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Palo Pinto County Courthouse

Texas has some of the most imposing courthouses, and overall, have done a nice job of protecting them thanks to the Texas Historical Commission’s “nationally recognized and award-winning Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.”  Thus far, 67 full restorations have been … Continue reading

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New Deal in Mississippi: Lauderdale County Courthouse

Meridian’s Lauderdale County Courthouse was substantially redesigned by a Public Works Administration funded grant.  The 1905 Beaux Arts building designed by P. J. Krouse was transformed into an Art Deco structure. (Linda Ford, 2004, Meridian Downtown Historic District nomination form for … Continue reading

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Van Zandt County Courthouse

I love that I can now spot a New Deal courthouse as soon as I see it!  I was in dire need of a break from driving yesterday, albeit having hardly been on the road at all, and exited at … Continue reading

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Huerfano County Courthouse

The Huerfano County Courthouse in Walsenburg, Colorado was constructed in 1904.  The architect, C. A. Henderson designed the Romanesque Revival style courthouse with stone walls, a pitched hip roof, and facades with prominent square towers (  The design is similar … Continue reading

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Carroll County Courthouse

Carrollton’s 1876 courthouse sits on the town square in the county seat of Carroll County, Mississippi.  For 13 years, I have driven past the exit to Carrollton from the Interstate 55 on numerous trips to and through Jackson.  Finally, last … Continue reading

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Holmes County Courthouse

Holmes County’s Queen Anne/Romanesque courthouse in Lexington was built in 1894 (MDAH Historic Resources Inventory).  The architect was Walter Chamberlain & Co., and the builder was R. Jesty & Company.  Chamberlain was out of Knoxville/Birmingham, and Jesty from Winona via … Continue reading

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Hempstead County Courthouse in Hope, Arkansas

The NRHP nomination form describes this courthouse as the “…finest extant example of the Art Deco style within the city of Hope, Arkansas. Its horizontal symmetrical massing, set back rooflines and stylized Art Deco ornamentation are all identifying characteristics of … Continue reading

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Mount Vernon: Franklin County Courthouse

As 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 … Continue reading

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