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San Antonio in Bexar County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Bexar County Courthouse

 
 
Bexar County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 15, 2012
1. Bexar County Courthouse Marker
Inscription. This courthouse occupies the south side of Main Plaza, formerly called "La Plaza de las Islas", as originally laid out by the Canary Islanders in 1731. As it was then, this plaza is the administrative and judicial heart of Bexar County.

This is the fourth edifice to house the government of the county since Texas entered the United States. The citizens authorized $621,000 worth of bonds in the 1890s to finance its construction. James Riely Gordon (1863-1937), architect for many imposing public buildings, including at least one state capitol, submitted the award-winning Romanesque design for this courthouse. The builders were George Dugan, David Hughes, and Otto P. Kroeger. The foundation was laid in 1891, and the structure was completed in 1896. Native Texas granite and red sandstone are basic materials of the massive building. Towers roofed in green tile and red tile, handsome columns and arches, carvings, and many fine interior details gave the edifice great distinction.

Additions in 1914 and 1926 continued the use of Texas granite and sandstone. Expansions in 1963, 1970, and 1973 employed other materials, however, and also altered portions of the original design.
 
Erected 1976 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 399.)
 
Location.
Bexar County Courthouse Marker image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 15, 2012
2. Bexar County Courthouse Marker
Marker to the right at the top of the stairs.
29° 25.422′ N, 98° 29.612′ W. Marker is in San Antonio, Texas, in Bexar County. Marker can be reached from Dolorosa 0.1 miles west of Main Plaza. Click for map. Marker is located in the front alcove of the courthouse, at the top of the stairs. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 Dolorosa, San Antonio TX 78205, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. 200th Anniversary of San Antonio Municipal Government (within shouting distance of this marker); American Legion Memorial Highway (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio Mutual Aid Association (within shouting distance of this marker); Justice's Court (within shouting distance of this marker); The Canary Islanders (within shouting distance of this marker); The Storming of Bexar (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Plaza Fortifications (within shouting distance of this marker); San Antonio: The Flavor of Its Past (within shouting distance of this marker). Click for a list of all markers in San Antonio.
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Bexar County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By Paul Fehrenbach, October 15, 2012
3. Bexar County Courthouse
from the intersection of Dolorosa and Main Plaza.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 339 times since then and 28 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Paul Fehrenbach of Germantown, Wisconsin. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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