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San Augustine County Courthouse

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1927, Shirley Simons; 2010 rehabilitated, Scott and Strong. 100 W. Columbia St.

Replacing W. G. Barron’s Second Empire courthouse of 1891, this three-story T-plan building is clad in Texas Lueders limestone (a high-quality stone quarried east of Anson in Jones County) with a green glazed Ludowici tile roof. The courthouse, a simplified version of Beaux-Arts classicism, has a thinly rusticated ground floor providing a podium for the pilasters and columns of the upper floors. A seated statue of Texas’s first governor, James Pickney Henderson of San Augustine, erected in 1937, presides over the broad terrace of the courthouse’s main north entrance. The courthouse was rehabilitated by Scott and Strong of Lufkin, the fourth generation of the firm founded by Wilbur Kent, a later employee of Shirley Simons. Ray Stripling, project manager for the contractor, J. E. Kingham Construction Company of Nacogdoches, is the son of architect Raiford Stripling.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "San Augustine County Courthouse", [San Augustine, 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, 54-54.

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