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KARNES COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Karnes City, Texas

Karnes County has had three courthouses:
1894 - Karnes City
1873 - Helena
1854 - Helena

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TX - Karnes County Courthouse, east  entrance
Karnes County courthouse (east side ) after restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2017

The Present Karnes County Courthouse
- Karnes City

Date - 1894
Architect - John Cormack
Style - Romanesque Revival
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2010

Karnes County Courthouse Historical Marker
 Karnes County courthouse, Karnes City Texas
Same view of Karnes County courthouse before restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
Karnes County Courthouse, Karnes City, Texas
The 1894 Karnes County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939.
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Karnes County Courthouse, Karnes City, Texas, 1915
The courthouse as it appeared in 1915
Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
Karnes County Courthouse, Karnes City, Texas 1900s
The courthouse & jail
Early 1900s

Photo courtesy texasoldphotos.com
TX Karnes County Courtouse Historical Marker
New updated historical marker with information about the courthouse's restoration. Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018

Karnes County Courthouse Restored

Photographer's Note:
"Went down to Karnes City this morning after I read they removed the remaining scaffolding from the courthouse on October 7th. With the exception of the doors and a few other things, the exterior looks complete. " - Terry Jeanson, October 18, 2017
Karnes City, Texas - Karnes County Courthouse, NE corner
Karnes County courthouse, northeast corner.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2017
Karnes City, Texas - Karnes County Courthouse
Karnes County courthouse clock tower
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2017
TX - Karnes County Courthouse Clock Tower
The newly re-constructed clock tower.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2017
TX - Karnes County courthouse cornerstone,
The restored cornerstone reveals an error in the spelling of the architect's name.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
Karnes County courthouse cornerstone, Karnes City Texas
"The cornerstone on the northeast corner has a dedication to architect John Cormack who died during the building's construction."
- Terry Jeanson, August, 2007 photo
TX - Karnes County courthouse restored courtroom
The courtroom during the courthouse rededication on April 7, 2018. The courtroom was restored to its two story height and original size.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
TX - Karnes County courthouse courtroom before restoration
The shrunken courtroom before restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009
TX - Karnes County courthouse courtroom
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
TX - Karnes County courthouse courtroom
Another view of the restored courtroom looking towards the entrance.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
TX - Karnes County courthouse courtroom
View of the courtroom from the projecting balcony over the entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
TX - Karnes County courthouse restored staircase
First floor staircase after the restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, April 2018
TX - Karnes County courthouse staircase before restoration
First floor staircase before the restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2009

Karnes County Courthouse
Under Restoration

Photographer's Note:
"I went down to Karnes City today to check on the progress of the courthouse restoration. It's coming along nicely. All of the exterior stucco has been removed with the exception of a portion of the north side. I love the turret cones! Unfortunately, the foundation wasn't completely stable before they restored the west side entrance and a large crack has appeared over it, so that will have to be fixed. It's finally happening! I'm so happy that this courthouse is being restored!!!" - Terry Jeanson, September 28, 2016
 Karnes City Texas - Karnes County courthouse under restoration
September 2016 - Courthouse under restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
Karnes City Texas - Karnes County courthouse under restoration
September 2016 - Courthouse under restoration
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson
Karnes City Texas - Karnes County courthouse under restoration
"The picture shows the frame of the clock tower which, hopefully, should be completed and placed on the roof before the end of the year." - Terry Jeanson, September 28, 2016
Karnes City Texas - Karnes County courthouse, South side
Karnes County courthouse
Southern exposure

Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, October 2017
Karnes City Texas - Karnes County courthouse under restoration
Same views of the courthouse (under restoration) in 2012
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, January 2012

Karnes County Courthouse
Before Restoration
Karnes County courthouse addition, Karnes City Texas

The courthouse in 2007
"South side of the Karnes County courthouse with the modern addition at the rear. The former entrance on the south side is still visible."
- Terry Jeanson, August, 2007 photo

Karnes County courthouse, Karnes City Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
Karnes County courthouse south entrance, Karnes City Texas
"The south side entrance is no longer accessible."
- Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
Karnes County courthouse window, Karnes City Texas
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
Karnes County courthouse exposed brick,  Karnes City Texas

More exposed brick on the southeast corner
Terry Jeanson, August, 2007

Karnes County courthouse exposed brick, Karnes City Texas
"Stress from the rear addition has contributed to the cracking in the stucco, revealing the original brick exterior."
- Terry Jeanson, August, 2007
Karnes County courthouse  with cannon, Karnes City, Texas
Cannon
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
Karnes County courthouse hitching ring, Karnes City Texas
Photo courtesy William Beauchamp, 2009
Hitching rings, Karnes County courthouse, Karnes City Texas
"Plenty of hitching rings to tie your horse up!"
- William Beauchamp, 2009 photos

The 1873 Karnes County Courthouse
Still standing in Helena, the former county seat.
Architect - John Jacob Riley
1873 Karnes County Courthouse in Helena, Texas
TE Photo, May 2001
The 1873 courthouse in Helena
Karnes County TX Courthouse / Helena School 1900s
First Karnes County Courthouse used as a school
Photo circa 1900-1912 courtesy William Beauchamp
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