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TYLER COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Woodville, Texas

Tyler County has had three courthouses:
1891
1856
1840s

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The 1891 Tyler County Courthouse  today, Woodville, Texas
Tyler County Courthouse
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007

The Present Tyler County Courthouse
- Woodville, Texas

Date - 1891
Architect - T. S. Hodges
Style - Italianate

The courthouse underwent drastic remodeling in the 1930s, with the tower and gabled roofs removed.

Town Bluff was the original county seat
Tyler County Courthouse, Woodville, Texas  old photo
The 1891 Tyler county courthouse before remodeling,
with the tower and gabled roofs intact.

Photo courtesy THC.
Historical Marker:

Tyler County Courthouse

After the creation of Tyler County in 1846 and the subsequent selection of Woodville as county seat, this block was set aside for use as the courthouse square and the first courthouse was completed by February 1849. In November 1890, the Tyler County commissioners court, with county judge Henry West presiding, elected to build a new center of county government and authorized the sale of bonds to finance the construction. The Corpus Christi architectural firm of Glover and Hodges designed the new courthouse in typically eclectic Victorian-era fashion, incorporating elements of the Second Empire, Gothic and Mediterranean styles. Despite problems during construction in 1891, contractors M. A. McKnight and McKnight completed the courthouse in early 1892. In 1935-1937 the county undertook a massive courthouse remodeling project with Works Progress Administration funds. Efforts to modernize the building at this time resulted in the removal of its more high style elements and the construction of a rear addition. Character-defining features from the original design, such as the windows and central tower remain, however. The Tyler County courthouse stands as a symbol of county government and a center of public and governmental activities. Its evolution from original design to current appearance is a part of the county's history and the building's service to the people of Tyler County.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2000
Tyler County Courthouse, Woodville, Texas
Tyler County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Tyler County Courthouse, Woodville, Texas old postcard
Tyler County Courthouse after remodeling
Postcard courtesy rootsweb.com/ ~txgenweb// postcards/Index.html
Painting of the original 1891 Tyler County Courthouse  , Woodville, Texas
Painting of the 1891 Tyler County courthouse in its original condition
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Photographer's Note:
This painting of the 1891 Tyler County courthouse in its original condition is hanging in the office of Tyler County Judge Jacques L. Blanchette. It was painted by local artist Doretta Gilchrist.
Tyler County Courthouse and jail, Woodville, Texas  old photo
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
This Xerox photo of the 1891 Tyler County courthouse in its original condition was provided by Audrey Pelly, administrative assistant to Judge Blanchette. The small building on the left is the 1891 Tyler County jail designed by architect Eugene T. Heiner. Audrey told me that they are in the process of applying for a grant to get funding to restore the courthouse to its original condition, including the reconstruction of the old jail (The 1891 jail was demolished during the courthouse's remodeling in 1936.) She said they would find out whether or not they would be getting the grant money by January 2008.
Tyler County Courthouse exposed brick, Woodville, Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, December, 2007
Part of the courthouse's restoration will include the removal of the exterior stucco. A test of a method to remove the stucco was done on a small section on the east side of the building, successfully revealing the original brick underneath. - Terry Jeanson, December, 2007


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