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Presidio County Courthouse, Marfa

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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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  • October 3, 2017
    It's only 4 flights with plenty of landing area to rest as you climb the 77 stairs..take the stairs! I'll admit the stairs can be steep up towards the top. This is a real working as well as historic b...  more »
  • September 30, 2017
    We have climbed the five flights of stairs to the top where you get a panoramic view of the town and surrounding area on s number of occasions but this time took the elevator tucked away on the west s...  more »
  • August 28, 2017
    When strolling thru the town, it's worth the short walk into the old building to see the beautiful staircase and court rooms.  more »
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  • May 15, 2016
    Good place to get locked up at!

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