Sunday, May 06, 2012

The Only Adobe Courthouse in Texas

The majestic entrance to the Hudspeth County Courthouse in Sierra Blanca
Photo:  Randy Mallory, THC

We are always encouraging travelers to get off the freeway and explore the sights of our mountain communities.  Today, we'd like folks to take a look at Sierra Blanca.   This little town has a one-of-a-kind courthouse...the only ADOBE courthouse in the state of Texas!

From the Texas Historical Commission website:

"This 1919 building is the only adobe courthouse in Texas. Architects Buetell and Hardie designed the building in a Mediterranean style reminiscent of Renaissance Revival. Exterior work included installing new piers for structural reinforcing of the foundation to support the 18-inch adobe walls. A new metal shingle roof was installed and exterior stucco removed and replaced. Upgrades to mechanical, electrical and plumbing, as well as installation of an elevator and fully accessible bathrooms were incorporated. Work began in late 2002 and was completed by April 2004."

You can see photos of the restoration here and  here.
:You can read more about Hudspeth County here.

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