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CONCHO COUNTY COURTHOUSE
County Seat - Paint Rock, Texas
Concho County

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Paint Rock Texas -  Concho County courthouse
Concho County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008

Concho County Courthouse - Paint Rock, Texas

Date - 1886
Architect - F.E. and Oscar Ruffini
Style - Second Empire
Material - Stone
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark

Photographer's Note:

1886 CONCHO COUNTY COURTHOUSE

The plans for the current Concho County courthouse had been drawn by Frederick E. Ruffini before his death in 1885. His brother, Oscar, oversaw the completion of the building in 1886. The plans were used for several other Texas county courthouses, most of which have been demolished with the exception of the old Blanco County courthouse in Blanco and the Sutton County courthouse in Sonora.

According to the Texas Historical Commission Atlas at http://atlas.thc.state.tx.us/shell-county.htm, the
“…plans originated with W.W. Larmour (of San Antonio) but were used without permission by the contractor J. H. Walker for the Tom Green County courthouse - The supervising architect for the Tom Green County Courthouse was Oscar Ruffini who sent a copy of the plans and a photo of the courthouse to his brother Frederick Ernst Ruffini (of Austin) who in turn modified them for the Blanco County courthouse and for contractor Captain James B. Smith who then used the Ruffini design for the Callahan County Courthouse and the Concho County Courthouse. - Oscar Ruffini then reused the F. E. Ruffini plans for the Mills and Sutton County Courthouses.” - Terry Jeanson

Historical Marker - Courthouse square (corner of US 83 and FM 380)

Concho County Courthouse

First permanent courthouse for Concho County. Built in 1886, replacing crude early structure. Architects were the brothers F.E. and Oscar Ruffini, who also planned and constructed first main building at the University of Texas. As F.E. Ruffini lived only long enough to draw plans for this courthouse, his brother completed it. Architecture is "French Second Empire". Use of rusticated stone -- which came from a quarry only a few miles away -- is unusual in this style.
Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 1962

Concho County courthouse  Paint Rock Texas
Concho County Courthouse today
Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2006

Concho County Courthouse vintage photo, Paint Rock Texas old photo
Concho County Courthouse Old Photo
Courtesy Virginia Eubanks
Concho County Courthouse Old Photo
My mother, 86, gave me a small photo of the Concho County, Texas, courthouse, probably taken shortly after it was built. There is a horse and buggy in front of the courthouse and several one-story buildings in the background, but no trees around the courthouse. The photographer’s name on the reverse is J. Y. Lowe, Miles Station, Texas.

The photo was sent to her mother in Georgia before she was married by a friend who went to Texas. - Virginia Eubanks, January 15, 2011
Back of Concho County Courthouse old photo

Concho County Courthouse vintage photo, Paint Rock Texas old photo
Concho County Courthouse as it appeared in 1939
Photo courtesy TXDoT
Paint Rock Texas -  Concho County courthouse cornerstone
"The cornerstone on the southwest corner of the courthouse has O(scar) Ruffini's name instead of his brother Frederick, who drew the plans for the courthouse. Frederick died before the courthouse was completed." - Terry Jeanson
Paint Rock Texas -  Concho County courthouse district courtroom
"The district courtroom in the center of the second floor spans the courthouse from the north to the south end." - Terry Jeanson
Paint Rock Texas -  Concho County courthouse staircase
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, 2008
Paint Rock Texas -  Concho County courthouse pressed tin ceiling
"Looking up the west side staircase at the metal pressed ceiling" - Terry Jeanson
Paint Rock Texas Concho County courthouse
Another view of Concho County Courthouse
Photo courtesy Lou Ann Herda, 2000

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