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La Grange in Fayette County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Fayette County Courthouse

 
 
Fayette County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 30, 2011
1. Fayette County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. About 1890, the structural safety of Fayette County's third courthouse came into question, and plans began for the building of this structure to serve as the seat of justice for the county. The commissioners court hired San Antonio architect James Riely Gordon (1863-1937) to design the new courthouse and oversee the construction. Gordon, who was 27 years old at the time, went on to become a noted architect of public buildings in Texas.

Funding for the 1890-91 courthouse came from the sale of $90,000 in bonds. Martin, Byrnes and Johnston of Colorado City served as building contractors. Gordon designed the courthouse in the Romanesque Revival style and specified four types of native Texas stone to detail the exterior: Blue Muldoon sandstone, Belton White limestone, Pecos Red sandstone and Pink Burnet granite. A central open atrium, designed to promote good lighting and natural ventilation, highlighted the interior space. The extensive use of stone, along with the massive arched windows and doorways, exemplify the building's Romanesque Revival influences.

The oldest existing J. Riely Gordon courthouse in Texas, the Fayette County courthouse was completed in 1891. It has served as a setting for social events, celebrations, courtroom dramas and political oratory, and continues as a center of politics and government for
Fayette County Courthouse with markers in front. image. Click for full size.
By Gregory Walker, April 30, 2011
2. Fayette County Courthouse with markers in front.
the county.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2001

 
Erected 2001 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 12627.)
 
Location. 29° 54.304′ N, 96° 52.739′ W. Marker is in La Grange, Texas, in Fayette County. Marker is on North Main Street south of West Colorado Street, on the left when traveling south. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: La Grange TX 78945, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Birthplace of the SPJST (here, next to this marker); The Dawson Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Beer Office and Bottling Company (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Dawson Expedition / Historic Oak Tree (about 400 feet away); Site of a Twin Blockhouse (about 700 feet away); The First U.S. Postal Rural Mail Route in Texas (about 800 feet away); Bradshaw-Killough House (approx. 0.3 miles away); Hermes House (approx. 0.3 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in La Grange.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Atrium at inside center of Fayette County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Jim Evans, February 13, 2015
3. Atrium at inside center of Fayette County Courthouse
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas. This page has been viewed 416 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Gregory Walker of La Grange, Texas.   3. submitted on , by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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