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Fayette County Courthouse...

San Antonio architect J. Riely Gordon designed the Fayette County Courthouse, as well as 13 other Texas county courthouses, in addition to the state capitol in Arizona. This is Fayette County’s fourth courthouse.  On April 9, 1891, the cornerstone for the current Fayette County Courthouse was laid by the local Masonic Lodge.  A celebration with dining and dancing, attended by about 2,000 people, went on into the early hours of the next day.    

The three-story building is a masonry and stone Romanesque Revival structure with a clock tower rising over the main entrance.  All offices and the courtroom are arranged around a 30-foot by 30-foot square central courtyard. The exterior walls are built of Belton white limestone, complemented with blue sandstone quarried at the nearby Fayette County community of Muldoon. Red Pecos sandstone stringcourses (decorative horizontal moldings) and pink Burnet granite columns and steps add to the richness of the building. At the base of the clock tower is a large stone slab on which is carved a large American eagle.  On the corners of the tower and above the entrances are dragons carved out of the eight ridge points.  The roof is covered with Spanish tile made from slate. The central courtyard, which was closed-in to make space for a vault and more offices in 1949, was reclaimed during the restoration of the courthouse.  The courtroom, 85-feet by 42-feet in size, is shaped like a half moon.  The gallery can seat 500 people.

When the Fayette County Commissioners’ Court formally accepted the new building on December 1, 1891, the total cost was $99,407.04.  Funding for the construction was provided by the sale of 90-$1,000 bonds.  In late February 1893, the courthouse was lighted with electricity for the first time.  In 1913, the basement and the first floor was flooded with five feet of water.  The Fayette County Courthouse has been festooned in red, white and blue in celebration of peace and memorial occasions.  The streets outside now are paved and the horse and buggy have given way to cars, SUVs and pickup trucks.  After a complete restoration, the Fayette County Courthouse was rededicated on June 25, 2005.  It stands as a proud and time-honored symbol of justice in Fayette County.

The Fayette County Jail is open weekdays during regular business hours and there is no admission fee.

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