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Liberty County Courthouse

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1931, Corneil G. Curtis. 1923 Sam Houston Ave.

Curtis gave the county courthouse special prominence by lifting it a full story above grade on a raised basement. Symmetrical on all sides, although a bulky addition to the east side obscures its formal composition, the building possesses a dignity and presence that exceed its size. The courthouse is faced with Texas Cream limestone. Thick piers separate vertical stacks of steel-sash bifold windows. There are bands of relief sculpture below the first-floor windows and above the second-floor windows. The upper band features the history and economy of Liberty County. Stylized eagles with outstretched wings surmount the central entrance doors. The district courtroom remains intact with inlaid wood furnishings and original light fixtures and ceiling fans. The courthouse was designed in 1927, making it an early example of modernistic design for a civic building in Texas.

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Gerald Moorhead et al.
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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Liberty County Courthouse", [Liberty, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—, http://sah-archipedia.org/buildings/TX-01-AT4.

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