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BROWN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Brownwood, Texas

Brown County has had four courthouses:
1858, 1876, 1884 and 1917

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Brownwood, Texas, Brown County courthouse today
Brown County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2007

The Present Brown County Courthouse -
Brownwood, Texas

The 1917 courthouse is a remodeled version of the 1884 one. According to The Courthouses of Texas book by Donald Dyal and Mavis Kelsey, the remodeling was so complete that only the vault was left untouched.

Remodeled by San Antonio architect Henry T. Phelps.
Style - Classical Revival
Material - Brick

Historical Marker Text

Courthouses of Brown County

Brown County, created in 1856 and organized two years later, has had four courthouses. Pioneer settler Welcome William Chandler donated land for the first courthouse, a log cabin. The county moved the building twice, first two miles to the Billy Connell Farm, then to this site after Greenleaf Fisk’s donation of land for a new townsite resolved an 1868 dispute. Commissioners also added a second story to the structure. A combination courthouse and jail built in 1876 served only four years before it burned. Waco architectural firm Dodson & Dudley designed a new building in 1884. The current Classical Revival courthouse, built in 1917-18, incorporated interior walls and vaults from the prior structure.
(2007)
Brown County courthouse, Brownwood Texas,  1939 photo
Brown County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Brown County courthouse, Brownwood, Texas 1940s
Brown County Courthouse in the 1940s
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Brownwood, Texas, Brown County courthouse soulth entrance
Brown County Courthouse entrance
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2007
1884 Brown County courthouse before remodeling, Brownwood, Texas 1900s photo
1884 Brown County Courthouse in the early 1900s before remodeling
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