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Terry Jeanson's Courthouse Gallery

A self-described courthouse aficionado goes inside Texas' favorite buildings to find love letters in oil and canvas - and watercolor -and pencil -and crayon...
Photographer's Note:
"The old adage, "don't judge a book by its cover," is something that can be applied to many (not all) of the bland and unattractive modern or "modernized" courthouses around Texas. I am always pleased to enter these courthouses and find historical photos and artwork, particularly drawings or paintings of previous courthouses. These images and works of art are also found in older, historical courthouses that have been restored over the years, but certain restrictions (by the Texas Historical Commission) keep them from displaying many of these items in their hallways. Sometimes, these paintings are not in an obvious location and on occasion I've had to peek into various offices to find them or ask for assistance to gain access to locked courtrooms to see and photograph them. Fortunately, in my case, most of the courthouse employees have been very helpful and gracious and very happy to show me around or inform me of paintings displayed in other locations like the town bank, library or historical museum. For all you courthouse enthusiasts out there, try not to judge a courthouse by its cover. You never know what you'll find inside." - Terry Jeanson
Angelina County Courthouse
1903 Angelina County courthouse , Lufkin Tx
The 1902-03 Angelina County courthouse designed by architect James Riely Gordon. This painting, by artist Audrey Midford, is hanging in the county clerk's office in the current courthouse. December, 2007 photo.
Aransas County Courthouse
Oil painting of 1889 Aransas County courthouse Rockport Texas
An oil painting of the 1889 Aransas County courthouse displayed in the lobby of the current courthouse. April 2005 photo.
Baylor County Courthouse
1884 Baylor County Courthouse drawing, Seymour Texas
A drawing of the 1884 Baylor County courthouse hanging in the county clerk's office of the current courthouse. The dome was added after the original clock tower was removed. April 2006 photo
Bexar County Courthouse
Bexar County courthouse, San Antonio, Texas
A drawing of the 1882 Bexar County courthouse in a display case at the current courthouse. April 2007 photo
Bosque County courthouse
Oil painting of the 1886 Bosque County courthouse, Meridian, Texas
Oil painting of the 1886 Bosque County courthouse displayed in the Bosque County Bank across from the courthouse. October 2005 photo
Coke County Courthouse
1891 Coke County courthouse with clock tower and windmill, Robert Lee, Texas
1891 Coke County courthouse without clocktower, Robert Lee, Texas
"Oil paintings of the 1891 Coke County courthouse with and without its original tower. These and several other paintings of Coke County, along with photos of all of the county's historical markers, line the walls of the current courthouse." August 2006 photos
Dickens County Courthouse
Early view of Dickens County Courthouse, Dickens Texas, before remodeling
A drawing of the Dickens County courthouse in its original condition displayed on the second floor of the current courthouse at the top of the stairs. February 2007 photo.
Ector County Courthouse
1904 Ector County Courthouse oil painting, Odessa, Texas
Oil painting of the 1904 Ector County courthouse displayed at east side entrance of current courthouse. June 2006 photo
Glasscock County Courthouse
Oil painting of old Glasscock  county  jail/courthouse and current  courthouse
Oil Painting of old courthouse/jail and current Glasscock County courthouse displayed in the lobby of the current courthouse. June 2006 photo
Haskell County Courthouse
Haskell County courthouse  before remodelling,  Haskell Texas
"A print of an oil painting titled "Early Haskell" by George Kovach. It depicts the Haskell County courthouse in its original condition. This picture is hanging, not in the county courthouse, but in the Dairy Queen east of the square." - September 2007 photo
Hood County Courthouse
Hood County courthouse oil painting
This oil painting of the Hood County courthouse by artist Marjorie Ross is hanging in the county judge's office. February, 2008 photo
Houston County Courthouse
Oil painting of 1883 Houston County courthouse, Crockett Texas
Oil painting of 1883 Houston County courthouse displayed on second floor of the current courthouse. February 2006 photo.
Kaufman County Courthouse
The 1887 Kaufman County Courthouse, Kaufman Texas
This oil painting of the 1887 Kaufman County courthouse hangs in the Carnegie Library Museum in Terrell, TX. Dec. 2006 photo
Midland County Courthouse
Oil painting of the current (1930) Midland County courthouse after its 1974 remodeling, hanging in the lobby of the current courthouse. June 2006 photo.
Morris County Courthouse
1882 Morris  County Courthouse oil painting, Dangerfield Texas
This 1882 Morris County Courthouse oil painting hangs in the current Morris County courthouse. December 2006 photo.
Panola County Courthouse
1885 Panola County courthouse, Carthage Texas
Drawing of the 1885 Panola County courthouse by artist Stan Routh is hanging in the county clerk's office of the current courthouse. December 2007 photo
Parmer County Courthouse
Parmer County Courthouse  Farwell Texas
This oil painting of the 1916 Parmer County courthouse and jail is hanging in the first floor of the courthouse. February 2007 photo
Smith County Courthouse
Tyler, Texas, 1910 Smith County Courthouse
Smith County Courthouse, Tyler, Texas
Prints of these oil paintings of the 1910 Smith County courthouse are on display inside the old Smith County jail in Tyler. July 2007 Photo
Terry County Courthouse
1906 Terry County Courthouse, Brownfield, Texas,
Tinted photogrpah of the 1906 Terry County courthouse, hanging in the lobby of the current courthouse. It was 40 feet square and 24 feet high and the contracted construction cost was $3800. February 2007.
Tyler County Courthouse
Painting of the original 1891 Tyler County Courthouse  , Woodville, Texas
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. December, 2007 Photo
Wilbarger County Courthouse
Oil painting of 1890 Wilbarger County courthouse, Vernon Texas
Oil painting of the 1890 Wilbarger County courthouse hanging on the wall in the front lobby of the current courthouse. April 2006 photo
Yoakum County Courthouse
Painting of Yoakum County 1908 Courthouse   windmill, Plains Texas
Oil painting of the 1908 Yoakum County courthouse hanging in the county auditor's office of the current courthouse. Painting by Linda Powell, '81. February 2007 photo
Editor's Note:
The frequent contributions of courthouse (and jail) photos by San Antonian Terry Jeanson have long been appreciated by the staff here at Texas Escapes. We were aware that the depth of Terry's interest went beyond simple photo shoots. Jeanson can recall the styles, names of architects, the number of courthouses a particular county has had, the removal and replacement of towers, the statuary and even the locations of the former courthouses. At this point we wouldn't be surprised to find that he knew the names of the architect's children. What brought us to "this point" was his recent letter in which he sent in photos of this artwork to share with our readers. In some cases these paintings are the only visual record of a building that disappeared from the landscape long ago.

Jeanson has gone inside scores of courthouses, searching lobbies, atriums, courtrooms and closets to see what was on (or off) the walls. The selection shown here is the first of a series on "Courthouse Art." If and when the state comes up with A Courthouse Bee (as in Spelling Bee) Texas Escapes is sponsoring Terry.

Since the artist's signatures were not always present (or readable), we ask the assistance of the people who see these painting regularly to send in the artist's name so that credit may be given.
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