Marker Text |
COURTHOUSES OF LIBERTY COUNTYThe
town of Liberty served as the seat of government
for the municipality of Liberty, one of 23 territories in Texas established by
Mexico in the 1830s. The first courthouse was erected here in 1831 and was made
of hewn logs. Municipalities were converted into counties in 1836 when Texas won
independence from Mexico; Liberty became the county
seat of Liberty County.
Constructed in 1840, the second courthouse was
a one-story frame house, with split cypress boards. A third courthouse, a two-story
frame structure, was built on this Square in the mid-1840s and measured 32 feet
by 40 feet. The first floor served as the courtroom.
fourth courthouse, completed by 1857, was fabricated of brick and financed primarily
from the sale of land owned by the town of Liberty.
Fire destroyed that courthouse in 1872. The fifth courthouse, also constructed
of brick, was completed in 1877 but deteriorated rapidly and after only 18 years
was condemned and removed from the Square.
Members of Liberty's Masonic
Lodge laid the cornerstone for the sixth courthouse in 1895. The three-story structure
was a popular local gathering place. The seventh courthouse, built of Texas Cordova
cream limestone was completed in 1931 and enlarged in 1957.
Present Liberty County Courthouse - Liberty, TexasDate
Architect - Corneil G. Curtis and A. E. Thomas
Style - Moderne
Material - Concrete and brick
Photo courtesy TXDoT|
"I was told that this is the 2nd largest district courtroom
of all the county courthouses in Texas." - Terry
side addition to the courthouse. Designed by architect Wyatt C. Hedrick, it was
built between 1956 and 1957. - Terry
of the 1896 Liberty County courthouse. |
The builders are listed as Martin,
Byrne, Johnston & Applegate. The 1275 pound granite cornerstone was donated by
contractor William Martin. - Terry
The 1896 Liberty County courthouse.|
Second Empire style courthouse was built of brick and cost $35,757 to build.