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TRAVIS COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Austin, Texas

Travis County has had three courthouses:

1930
1876
1855

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Travis County courthouse vintage photo, Austin Texas
The Travis County courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Date - 1930
Style - Moderne
Material - Limestone, concrete and steel
Additions - 1959, 1962
Location - Eleventh Street and Guadalupe

The 1930 Travis County Courthouse
Images & Architectural Details

Photos courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Travis County courthouse East side entrance, Austin Texas
East side entrance.
1930 Travis County courthouse East side, Austin Texas
The East side of the 1930 Travis County courthouse in December 2007
Travis County courthouse East side roof detail, Austin Texas
Detail over the east side entrance.
Travis County Courthouse griffins, Austin Texas
Two carved griffins crown the two breezeway entrances to the basement; the only public entrance to the courthouse during the photographer's December 2007 visit.
The courthouse cornerstone
1930 Travis County courthouse South side, Austin Texas
The South side of the courthouse.
Above photos courtesy of Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Photographer's Note:
An addition covered up the original South side entrance, but the contractors utilized the same stonework and architectural details." - Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Travis County Courthouse frieze, Austin Texas
Courthouse frieze over the east side entrance depicts a seated judge being advised. Shackeled prisoners are set free by a blacksmith and people (left) are rejoicing.
TE photo, November 2004
Shell imprints in limestone block, Travis county courthouse, Austin Texas
A closer look at at the limestone blocks.
TE photo, November 2004
Travis county courthouse detail, Austin Texas
Detail
TE photo, November 2004
Travis County courthouse bold geometric patterns, Austin Texas
Stringcourses and entries employ bold geometric patterns.
TE photo, November 2004
Travis County courthouse, Austin Texas vintage postcard
Linen Postcard of the courthouse courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
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The 1876 Travis County Courthouse
Austin, Texas
Razed
1876 Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas
Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/%7Etxpstcrd/
1876 Travis County Courthouse, Austin, Texas old photo
Photo courtesy THC
Heman Marion Sweatt
Heman Marion Sweatt Marker, Travis County Courthouse TX
"In October of 2005, the Travis County Courthouse was renamed in honor of Heman Marion Sweatt. Sweatt sued the University of Texas in 1946 for denying him admission to the U.T. Law School because he was Black. This marker is displayed at the East side entrance to the courthouse." - Terry Jeanson, December, 2007 photo
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