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Milam County Courthouse

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1892, Larmour and Watson; 2002 rehabilitation, TWC Architects. S. Fannin Ave. at E. 1st St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )
  • (The Lyda Hill Texas Collection of Photographs in Carol M. Highsmith's America Project, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

The Milam County Courthouse is an outstanding example of Renaissance Revival design. The identical north and south facades are five-part compositions while the east and west fronts are three-part designs. Each of the four fronts has a projecting center pavilion emphasized by a portico and pediment. The entire massing is dominated by a central tower, clad with a decorative sheet-metal skin rising above a convex mansard roof. Four clock faces project from the convex-curved roof of the tower. Perched on a cupola above it all is a statue of Justice. The courthouse was rehabilitated with funds from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

The jail at E. Main Street and S. Fannin Avenue (1893) is a crenellated brick and limestone Romanesque Revival building from the Pauly Jail Building Company. With the exception of the small cut-stone details at the base of the corner turrets, the jail is identical to the Austin County Jail in Bellville ( PF55) built a few years later in 1896.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Milam County Courthouse", [Cameron, 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, 116-116.

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