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U.S. Courthouse

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2003, 3D/International and Henningson Durham Richardson. 1300 Victoria St.

The 148,000-square-foot complex was built in response to the space limitations of the 1907 courthouse ( LA12) to its south. Sited on two city blocks next to the conglomerate of city-county buildings, the L-plan, limestone-sheathed, three-story courthouse is set on a raised esplanade that sets it apart from the historic urban grid. Evoking a classical vocabulary, the colonnaded front elevation is enlivened at the juncture of its two wings with a seemingly freestanding rotunda with Pantheon dome. A full-height, glass-encased entrance lobby is recessed from the rotunda's outer masonry walls, which shield the space from the intense South Texas sun. The five-courtroom complex also houses an assortment of government agencies.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

Cover: Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2013, 273-274.

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