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Presidio County Courthouse, Marfa

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Architectural Building Tourist Spot
The Presidio County Courthouse is located in Marfa in the U.S. state of Texas. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. It was designated a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1964.DesignSan Antonio architect Alfred Giles beat out eighteen other competitors to submit the winning bid on designing the 1886 courthouse at a cost of $60,000. Giles modeled the Second Empire style building after the El Paso courthouse he also designed in 1886. When the structure was completed, the county held a celebratory grand ball on January 1, 1887.The courthouse can be seen from almost any location in Marfa. Designed of brick and stone quarried in Marfa, the exterior is of pink stucco with Lady Justice sitting atop the central dome.The tower is spanned by Roman arches. Interiors are designed of pecan wood. Domers extend over the roof, with triangular pediments and iron cresting. The building has entrances on all sides, meeting in a central rotunda. When designed, the district courtroom took up the entire east side of the second floor. The grand jury room was on the third floor. A remodeling took place in 2001.
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  • Beautiful historic courthouse in downtown Marfa. One of the nicest courthouses in the state of Texas.  more »
  • The architecture is striking. Looks like they are doing some work on it. The woodwork on the inside is fantastic. Wish the trees didn't block the facade from the street. Fall or spring visitors would ...  more »
  • This is a beautiful building that stands out from everything else you see in Marfa, it was the weekend so we couldn't go in but still something to see as you're walking around the shops.  more »
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  • Good place to get locked up at!

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