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Falls County Courthouse

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1939, Arthur E. Thomas. Live Oak St. at Williams St.
  • (Photograph by Gerald Moorhead )

This three-story Moderne courthouse that rises to four stories at its center is cubical in massing and classical in detail. Recessed entrances of Texas shell limestone on its Live Oak and Fortune streets facades are each set under a bank of multilight windows that illuminate a central lobby. A stylized key-pattern cornice encircles the building while vertical bands of windows are separated by two-story pilasters and simple capitals. As is typical of many 1930s Texas courthouses, the effect is monumental yet reflective of a larger architectural expression familiar to Thomas, who worked on the Texas Centennial complex in Dallas as well as other public buildings across Texas.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Falls County Courthouse", [Marlin, 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, 129-130.

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