Presidio County Courthouse, Marfa
Categories: Architectural Buildings, Tourist Spots
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.For travelers who use our world travel planner, Marfa holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Presidio County Courthouse and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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You wouldn't want to miss the richly textured interior of this well-preserved building. It's grandeur seems a bit out of character for this modest, retro-style town, but that's it's attraction.
This old building has been kept in great shape and it's fun to walk through and see the old wooden stairs and railings, the courtroom that looks like we expect a courtroom to look, and a couple of bea... read more »
This courthouse is beautiful. It has a lot of precious wood all through it. There is five floors. The courtroom on the 2nd floor is beautiful. The wood is unbelievable on the walls and the ceiling The... read more »
Adam Jon Gillard
Good place to get locked up at!
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