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Date taken26-Jan-19 12:47
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1892 Victoria County Courthouse

1892 Victoria County Courthouse

Victoriabr/Victoria County, Texasbr/28 47.980' N 97 00.431' Wbr/Directions: Start at the intersection of Bridge Street and Constitution Street. The courthouse is on the northwest corner of the br/Text: When Don Martin de Leon platted the original townsite of Guadalupe Victoria in 1824, he designated public squares, including one that would later be shared by city and county governments for many years. Victoria County built its first courthouse, a two-story brick structure, in 1849 on Courthouse Square. The Greek Revival building served the county for many years. In 1891, under leadership of County Judge J.L. Dupree, commissioners held a competition for new courthouse plans. They awarded the contract to the San Antonio firm of Gordon amp; Laub, comprised of acclaimed courthouse architect J. Reily Gorden and D.E. Laub. Martin, Byrne amp; Johnston served as general contractors. Due to Gordon's many pressing commitments, he was discharged in May 1892. The commissioners court relied solely on Martin, Byrne amp; Johnston, who added elements to Gordon's design. Their work was approved by Eugene T. Heiner, himself a noted architect, and the county accepted the completed building on January 1, 1893. As was his style, Gordon designed a courthouse reflecting the Romanesque Revival architecture of architect Henry Hobson Richardson. He adapted Richardson's ideas to the Texas climate, providing a central atrium to bring light and ventilation into the building, which features a hipped roof with cross gables, corner pinnacles and polychromatic stonework. In the 1940s, the county adapted the atrium to serve as offices. When the need for more space arose in 1961, residents petitioned to save the courthouse, and the county built facilities on the northeast corner of the square. At the turn of the 21st century largely restored the courthouse to its original design.