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Bosque County Courthouse

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1886, J. J. Kane; 2007 rehabilitated, ArchiTexas. 110 S. Main St.

Numerous deviations from the typical five-bay-wide, Second Empire courthouses associated with W. C. Dodson and other architects make Bosque’s courthouse distinctive. Although the cross-axial plan is retained, the principal, east entrance is separated by a projecting central bay, which also carries the unusually placed tower. The courthouse is three stories tall and constructed of locally quarried limestone. The second- and third-floor windows are narrow and stacked as tall slots, and their dark-colored recessed spandrels emphasize verticality. Corner bays project from the building’s main block and are each capped with a pyramidal roof; a bold metal cornice wraps the building. Unusual for the time, all floors were structured in steel and concrete for fireproofing (typically only vault rooms received such construction). The courthouse was rehabilitated in 2007 with funding from the Texas Historic Courthouse Preservation Program.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

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Buildings of Texas

Buildings of Texas: East, North Central, Panhandle and South Plains, and West, Gerald Moorhead and contributors. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, 2019, 264-264.

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