Hopkins County Courthouse, Sulphur Springs

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The Hopkins County Courthouse is a historic courthouse located in Sulphur Springs, Texas, the seat of Hopkins County. It was designed by San Antonio-based architect James Riely Gordon and constructed in 1894 and 1895. The courthouse was built in the Romanesque Revival architectural style with red sandstone and pink granite, and its design includes a number of unusual features, such as a double-helix staircase, a clockless tower, and entrances that are located on its northwest and southwest corners, instead of on its sides.The building was restored in 2001 and 2002 at a cost of $3.66 million to the State of Texas and $1.3 million to Hopkins County, and it continues to serve as an operating courthouse that is open to the public on a daily basis. The courthouse has also received numerous awards and accolades, including its designation as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1975 and its addition to the National Register of Historic Places in 1977.BackgroundAfter Hopkins County was created by the Texas Legislature in 1846, Tarrant was initially designated as the county seat, and a courthouse was constructed there in 1853. In 1868, during the Reconstruction Era, the United States military moved the county seat to Sulphur Springs, which was at the time known as Bright Star. In 1882, Hopkins County constructed its first brick courthouse there; in 1894, this building burned along with the jail and a number of Sulphur Springs' commercial buildings, which necessitated the creation of a replacement courthouse.
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  • I was born in Sulphur Springs, TX and this Courthouse always has held a special place in my heart. I have seen a lot of Courthouses in Texas and this one is the winner.  more »
  • Stopped in Sulphur Springs for the night while on the road. Partially chose this town to stop because I had seen pictures of this courthouse it is truly magnificent & worth a stop if you're in the are...  more »
  • This historic courthouse is a must see! This courthouse was constructed with the same granite that the State of Texas capital building in Austin, Texas! It is also a little taller! At night there are ...  more »
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  • We stopped here initially to see America's only public bathrooms with see through walls, which were awesome! The town is a treasure, wish we could've spent more time browsing the many quaint shops I saw. We ate at Burgerland, it was great also. Don't miss this place if even for a brief stop!
  • Beautiful courthouse, they have maintained the same design with minimal updates since it was first built. When you walk in, you get the feeling of how things were designed in the late 1800s.
  • Very cool courthouse. Would definitely recommend to anyone that likes old courthouses. The local square is great place to walk around with a nice war memorial.
  • Gorgeous courthouse!
  • So pretty!
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