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Smith County Courthouse

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1955, Thomas, Jameson and Merrill with E. Davis Wilcox Associates. 100 N. Broadway Ave.

The Dallas-based architects designed the courthouse in a belated and simplified rendition of the setback courthouse form prevalent in the 1930s. A large six-story central block is flanked by two-story blocks, all sheathed in limestone. The central block has a vertical stack of windows outlined by simple stone frames, and the lateral blocks have recessed stacks of vertical windows and spandrels to give a very lean pilaster effect, well proportioned and imposingly austere. The previous classical building (1910, C. H. Page) stood in the center of the two-block square on axis with Broadway. When this courthouse was built on the eastern half of the square, Broadway was cut through, leaving a public park on the western half of the square.

Writing Credits

Gerald Moorhead et al.


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Gerald Moorhead et al., "Smith County Courthouse", [Tyler, 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, 59-61.

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