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Grayson County Courthouse

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1936, Voelcker and Dixon. 100 W. Houston St.

The T-shaped Moderne block, four stories in limestone above a raised basement, lacks the volumetric complexity of the firm’s Cottle County Courthouse (PH1). The influence of Paul P. Cret’s federalism is complete, with the slightly recessed vertical stacks of windows forming a weak rendition of an arcade of fluted pilasters without capitals. The previous Italianate courthouse (1876, Martin and Moodie) was destroyed by a lynch mob in 1930.

Facing the courthouse at 118 W. Lamar Street, the Hall Furniture Building (1876, 1885, 1936) has a first-floor Art Deco facade applied to two older, three-story buildings. The tall ground floor has display windows of large sheets of glass set flush to the veneer of cream-colored walls, which have inset bands of black glass forming piping around the windows and chevrons on the spandrels.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Grayson County Courthouse", [Sherman, 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, 120-120.

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