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Burnet County Courthouse

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1937, Wirtz and Calhoun; 1974 addition, Willis Environmental Engineering. 220 S. Pierce St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

Constructed with Public Works Administration (PWA) funds of the same Texas pink granite used for the State Capitol ( AU1), the courthouse was designed by Houston-based Wirtz in the Moderne style he used for the Guadalupe County Courthouse ( SF1). The east entrance to the flat-roofed, two-story building features nine etched-granite panels designed by Wirtz depicting Burnet County's history and economy.

On the northeast corner of the courthouse square is the third county jail (1884, F. E. Ruffini). The rock-faced limestone walls contrast with the smooth, dressed-stone quoins, shawl lintels, and entrance portal. A metal cornice with brackets supports a low-pitched mansard roof. Ruffini designed similar jails in Collin County (1882) and Comal County (1878).

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.



Gerald Moorhead et al., "Burnet County Courthouse", [Burnet, Texas], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: Central, South, and Gulf Coast, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 105-105.

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