Texas has a grand variety of historic county courthouses. Many of these historic county courthouses exist today, in part, because of an act passed in 1881 by the Texas legislature authorizing counties to sell bonds to finance the construction of new courthouses. This change of state law combined with the prosperity that followed the Civil [...]
The Wise County Courthouse is often compared to another J. Riely Gordon courthouse in nearby Ellis County. These two buildings are much alike and also distinctly different. Both are grand examples of Gordon’s cruciform plan and his use of the Romanesque Revival architectural style. Enjoy the images below and please read my short history of [...]
The Somervell County Courthouse was constructed in 1894 and in 1986 the building received a complete restoration. Please read the short description and enjoy the images.