1892 Victoria County Courthouse

1892 Victoria County Courthouse (HM1SQW)

Location: Victoria, TX 77901 Victoria County
Country: United States of America

N 28° 47.978', W 97° 0.425'

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When Don Martin De Leon platted the original townsite of Guadalupe Victoria in 1824, he designated public squares, including on that would later be shared by city and county governments for many years. Victoria County build 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 & Laub, comprised of acclaimed courthouse architect J. Riely Gordon and D.E. Laub. Martin, Byrne & 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 & 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 architech 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 new facilities on the northeast corner of the square. Work at the turn of the 21st centruy largely restored the courthouse to its original design.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1961
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HM NumberHM1SQW
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Year Placed1961
Placed ByTexas Historical Commission
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 9:03am PDT -07:00
Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14R E 694504 N 3187417
Decimal Degrees28.79963333, -97.00708333
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 28° 47.978', W 97° 0.425'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds28° 47' 58.68" N, 97° 0' 25.5" W
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Area Code(s)361, 512, 713
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 115 N Bridge St, Victoria TX 77901, US
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