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Downtown Houston in Harris County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Harris County Courthouse of 1910

Missing Marker image. Click for full size.
1. Missing Marker
Inscription.  When brothers Augustus C. and John K. Allen founded Houston in 1836, they designated this site as the Courthouse Square. In 1837 Houston became the Harrisburg (later Harris) County Seat, and a two-story pine log courthouse was constructed here.

The present structure, which was built in 1909-10, served as the fifth Harris County Courthouse at this location. Designed by Charles Erwin Barglebaugh, an associate in the prominent Dallas architectural firm of Lang and Witchell, it features classical revival styling. Outstanding details include the domed roof, ornate central projections, or risalits, with Corinthian columns, and elaborate ornamentation of terra cotta, limestone, and masonry. Building materials include pink Texas granite and light brown St. Louis brick. During construction of the Courthouse, county offices were housed in a nearby theater.

Shortly after a new courthouse was built east of the square in 1952, this structure was remodeled for use as the Harris County Civil Courts building.

Today the Harris County Courthouse of 1910 serves as a dramatic example of civic architecture and as a symbol of Houston's
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dynamic growth in the early part of the twentieth century.
Erected 1984 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 10679.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings. A significant historical year for this entry is 1836.
Location. This marker has been replaced by another marker nearby. It was located near 29° 45.673′ N, 95° 21.596′ W. Marker was in Houston, Texas, in Harris County. It was in Downtown Houston. Marker could be reached from the intersection of Fannin Street and Congress Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker was at or near this postal address: 301 Fannin Street, Houston TX 77002, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this location. Harris County 1910 Courthouse (a few steps from this marker); Houston Bar Association (a few steps from this marker); Pillot Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Republic Building (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Harris County (about 300 feet away); Founding of Harris County (about 400 feet away); Sweeney, Coombs & Fredericks Building (about 400 feet away); State National Bank Building (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Houston.
Regarding Harris County Courthouse of 1910.
Harris County Courthouse of 1910 image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Jim Evans, November 9, 2012
2. Harris County Courthouse of 1910
This marker was replaced by a new one named Harris County 1910 Courthouse (see nearby markers).
Credits. This page was last revised on February 1, 2023. It was originally submitted on November 15, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. This page has been viewed 665 times since then and 32 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on October 31, 2011.   2. submitted on November 22, 2012, by Jim Evans of Houston, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.

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