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Old Hidalgo County Courthouse

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1886, Samuel W. Brooks. Courthouse Sq., bounded by Bridge and 1st sts. and E. Dalia and E. Flora aves.

The square-plan brick courthouse built by Brownsville master builder Brooks was originally two stories in height capped by a cupola. Damaged by fire in 1910, the first floor is all that remains of the structure. Divided by pilasters into three bays at each elevation, the now-vacant building was rehabilitated as a bank in the 1980s, and covered by a hipped roof set within high brick parapets. Faring better than the courthouse in the fire, the adjacent two-story brick jailhouse is simply detailed and preserved as a meeting center with some of its metal cells still in evidence in its interior.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Old Hidalgo County Courthouse", [Hidalgo, 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, 304-304.

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