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Refugio County Courthouse

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1917, Atlee B. Ayres; 1950, Irving H. Dunbar. 808 Commerce St.

Facing the Plaza de la Constitución (now King's Memorial State Park) , the two-story courthouse is unusually wide, thanks to the wing added in 1950 by Refugio architect Dunbar. Lacking a classical portico and a dome or cupola, the courthouse is a bit like an aggrandized high school with its raised front porch. The terra-cotta ornament, especially on the entrance porch, reflects the presence in Ayres's San Antonio office of George Willis, who had trained in Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park studio.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Refugio County Courthouse", [Refugio, 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, 488-488.

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