Liberty County Courthouse
Date - c.1930
- Liberty, Texas
Architect - Corneil G. Curtis and A. E. Thomas
Style - Moderne
Material - Concrete and brick
OF LIBERTY COUNTY
The 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.
Liberty County's 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.
Photo courtesy TXDoT
"I was told that this is the 2nd largest district courtroom of
all the county courthouses in Texas." - Terry
|West side addition
to the courthouse. Designed by architect Wyatt C. Hedrick, it was
built between 1956 and 1957. - Terry
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.
1896 Liberty County courthouse.
This Second Empire style courthouse was built of brick and cost $35,757
Photo courtesy THC