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Gregg County Courthouse

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1932, Voelcker and Dixon; 1958 addition; 1982 expansion, Allen, Buie and Associates. 101 E. Methvin St.

The courthouse square is located on land donated by the railway on the north edge of Longview’s twelve-square-block business district, which was laid out parallel to the Southern Pacific tracks in 1869. A courthouse of 1897 designed by Marshall Sanguinett of Dallas occupied the square’s center. The 1930s East Texas oil boom necessitated a larger building, which was constructed on the north side of the 1897 courthouse so that government business would not be disrupted; the old courthouse was then demolished. Voelcker and Dixon of Wichita Falls designed a six-story modern classic structure with stepped massing, cream-colored brick, and limestone trim, similar to the firm’s 1930 design of the Cottle County Courthouse (PH1) in Paducah. The courthouse is now sandwiched between a modest annex (1958) on its east side and a physically overpowering jail expansion (1982) to the west.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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

Print Source

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, 90-91.

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