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Fayette County Courthouse

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1891, J. Riely Gordon. 104 Main St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This majestic Romanesque Revival building is highlighted with a tall, hipped roof and a clock tower set off-center to allow for a central atrium. Similar to the courthouses Gordon designed for Erath and Victoria ( VI1) counties in 1892, this courthouse has axial entrances rather than the signature corner entrances he developed a few years later. The combined use of smooth-faced and rock-faced limestone and red sandstone creates a deeply textured, polychromatic facade. An interior atrium courtyard, now with a glass roof, is an unusual feature for a Texas courthouse. The courthouse was restored in 2005 by Volz and Associates with funding from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Fayette County Courthouse", [La Grange, 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, 87-87.

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